GOP Reps. Cry Foul On Postal Service’s Paycheck Pilot

Law360 (October 22, 2021, 6:57 PM EDT) — A pair of Republican congressmen raised alarms Friday about a U.S. Postal Service pilot program for cashing paychecks, saying the program hasn’t been approved by Congress and is well outside the agency’s purview.

Representatives Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., and James Comer, R-Ky., fired off a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy demanding a briefing on the program, including information about its implementation and the USPS’ justification for rolling out a financial service.

“The Postal Service’s involvement in financial services is certainly a significant deviation from the plans for reform that you communicated to Congress in public and in private,” the letter said.

According to a USPS representative, the Postal Service kicked off a pilot program on Sept. 13 in which customers at a handful of locations can use payroll and business checks to purchase gift cards of up to $500. The representative told Law360 that the service provides “an alternative to traditional check cashing.”

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Follow the money . See how much these two receive in “campaign contributions” from the banking and financial sector and which lobbyists they recently talked to . You will then know the real reason for their “concern .”