WATCH: Sen. Ron Johnson defends Postmaster General Dejoy in opening statement at hearing

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., opened am Aug. 21 hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee by defending Postmaster General Louis Dejoy, who has been accused of making changes at the U.S. Postal Service in an attempt to interfere with the 2020 election. Johnson said that Dejoy has the necessary background and expertise needed to tackle the unique challenges of overseeing the Postal Service, and dismissed Democrats’ suggestion that he has been influenced by the Trump administration as a “hyperbolic false narrative.” Johnson also said that the long-term financial reality of the USPS has been “bleak for years,” bogged down by legislative back-and-forth over structural reforms accompanied by a dramatic reduction in service demands with the advent of the internet. Johnson expressed confidence that the USPS could handle the high volume of mail-in ballots expected this election year. “The postal service has more than enough excess capacity to handle mail-in balloting,” Johnson said.

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