CLOVIS (KSMX) – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday he is filing a federal law suit, along with Attorneys General from 13 other states, against the Trump administration and the United States Postal Service.
The suit involves changes the new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, wants to make to the Postal Service, that many fear could delay mail and impact the November election. This law suit announcement came moments before DeJoy said he is pausing all changes to the postal system until after the November election. Regardless, the 14 attorneys general say the lawsuit is still a go.
The lawsuit states the services the USPS provides are in the Constitution, and that according to federal law, any changes at the Postal Service that impact how mail gets delivered need to be submitted first to the Postal Regulatory Commission. The Commission then has to get feedback from states on the proposed changes, as well as public comment.
This lawsuit argues the postmaster general cannot make the changes he wants to the Postal Service without permission, even after the November election.
Attorney General Hector Balderas says he is relieved changes that could delay mail are being postponed until after the election, but wants federal court to hold DeJoy and the Trump administration accountable that they follow the correct procedure to make these changes.