As questions over recent changes implemented at the U.S. Postal Service continue to mount, new images obtained by ABC News appear to show mail sorting machines — critical pieces of equipment used to speed up the mail delivery process — sitting in parts in a postal facility in Portland, Ore.
The machines are wrapped in yellow caution tape after having recently been decommissioned and broken down into parts within the last month, according to the postal employee who took the photos, who requested anonymity because they are not permitted to take photos inside the facility.
Asked about the removal, Ernie Swanson, a spokesperson in the Oregon office of the USPS, said, “Mail processing equipment is replaced as it becomes out-of-date. It is replaced by state-of-the-art new machines.”
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement Tuesday that he would be suspending taking equipment out of service until after the presidential election.
DeJoy is scheduled to meet with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Friday and the House Oversight Committee Monday.
Please watch the video showing disassembled machines sitting outside a postal facility in the city of Grand Rapids.