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Connecticut Joins Lawsuit Against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, left, is escorted to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, left, is escorted to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Connecticut announced plans to join a multi-state lawsuit against the head of the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday. Then, Postmaster General announced he would pause further cuts to the mail system until after the presidential election.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong held a press conference after filing the lawsuit. A reporter asked if he expected the issues to go to the Supreme Court.

“We’ll see. I hope that cooler heads are prevailing right now in the White House and at the U.S. Postal Service. I do hope the U.S. Postmaster General means what he says and I look forward to him making that commitment in writing before a judge,” Tong said.

Tong said he wants the Postmaster General to undo recent cuts to overtime, removal of mailboxes and sorting machines.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is a top Trump campaign donor appointed by the president. Democrats have accused the Trump administration of cutting the postal service to suppress mail-in votes.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.