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Judge blocks Postal Ser­vice changes that slowed mail

- Business · U.S. News · Seattle · United States of America · Stanley · Yakima, WA · Yakima · Washington · Donald Trump · United States Postal Service · Lee

SEAT­TLE — A U.S. judge on Thurs­day blocked con­tro­ver­sial Postal Ser­vice changes that have slowed mail na­tion­wide, call­ing them “a po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated at­tack on the ef­fi­ciency of the Postal Ser­vice” be­fore the Novem­ber election.

Judge Stan­ley Bas­tian in Yakima, Wash­ing­ton, said he was is­su­ing a na­tion­wide pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion sought by 14 states that sued the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and the U.S. Postal Ser­vice.

The states chal­lenged the Postal Ser­vice’s so-called “leave be­hind” pol­icy, where trucks have been leav­ing postal fa­cil­i­ties on time re­gard­less of whether there is more mail to load. They also sought to force the Postal Ser­vice to treat election mail as first class mail.

Postal Ser­vice spokesman Dave Parten­heimer said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is re­view­ing its le­gal op­tions. Lee Moak, a mem­ber of the USPS Board of Gov­er­nors, called the no­tion any changes were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated “com­pletely and ut­terly with­out merit.”

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