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In a fiery exchange with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Monday, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy scoffed when asked if he would reinstall dismantled mail-sorting machines, saying, "Get me the billion and I'll put the machines in."

Driving the news: The exchange came during a heated House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on recent changes to the USPS that Democrats fear will threaten the Postal Service's ability to handle the expected surge in mail-in ballots for November's election. Earlier in the day, DeJoy defiantly told the committee he would not reinstall the dismantled machines.

The big picture: “I am not engaged in sabotaging the election,” DeJoy said, calling allegations that he has made sweeping operational changes in order to undercut mail-in voting a "false narrative." He reiterated that he will suspend all changes until after the election in order to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

  • The USPS “will do everything in our power and structure to deliver the ballots on time," DeJoy said, adding that he personally plans to vote by mail. "We can, and will, handle the volume of election mail we receive.’"
  • DeJoy said that he has told allies of President Trump that his constant attacks on mail-in voting are "not helpful."

The exchange:

KHANNA: "So if it would cost less than a billion dollars, regardless of whether it’s efficient or not, what is the harm in just putting those machines back until Election Day just for the peace of mind and confidence of the American people?”
DeJOY: "First of all ... we've heard all statistics about the mail-in votes and so forth, we don't need the machines to process an election. But you make a statement about 'for a billion dollars, if we just gave you a billion dollars' — You're not going to give us a billion dollars. You're gonna make a request, you have no way of getting us a billion dollars. We have not been funded in 10 years. You cannot pass any legislation that helps the Postal Service."
KHANNA: "If we give you the money, do you see my point?"
DeJOY: "It's a hypothetical. ... You haven't given us any money. You haven't given us any legislation."
KHANNA: "What is the harm? But what is the harm?"
DeJOY: "And you're sitting here accusing me of things."
KHANNA: "I haven't accused you of anything ---"
DeJOY: "As the committee, and it's a big statement: 'If we give you a billion dollars.'"
KHANNA: "I think I'm trying to understand what most Americans are trying to understand. What is the harm in putting these machines, even if the machines in your perspective don't do anything, what is the harm to do it until Election Day?"
DeJOY: "In Washington, it makes plenty sense. To me it makes none."
KHANNA: "You haven't explained why and final question—"
DeJOY: "Because they're not needed. That's why."
KHANNA: "But if it will restore people's faith in a democracy and avoid a polarized election, I would think—"
DeJOY: "Ok. Get me the billion and I'll put the machines in."
KHANNA: "OK well that's a commitment. We'll find a way to get you the money."

Of note: The House voted on Saturday to give the USPS $25 billion and to block and reverse the operational changes that are leading to widespread mail delays. 26 Republicans supported the measure, but the bill is unlikely to move forward after a White House veto threat.

Go deeper: 6 states sue USPS, say changes hurt efforts to hold "free and fair elections"

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Nov 10, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Kevin McCarthy: AOC "runs the floor" for House Democrats

Days after Republicans defied expectations by picking up seats in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy cited a junior member of Congress — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y) — as one of the reasons he was able to raise so much money.

Driving the news: "Well, she runs the floor," McCarthy told "Axios on HBO" last night when asked why Republicans respond so vociferously to AOC.

CCP releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO deal with DOJ

Photo: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

Updated 14 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.

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