Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s hands have been officially tied in key areas after President Joe Biden signed a new bill to save the USPS. And soon enough, a new Board of Governors will be in place with the power to remove DeJoy from his position.
“Theis historic, but there is more to be done. The USPS can be modernized and made even more essential to US communities. Trump installed Louis DeJoy to destroy the Postal Service. Instead, President Biden and Congress have saved it for generations to come,” the White House said in a statement regarding the new bill.
During his remarks while signing the bill, President Biden explained what Americans can expect in the coming weeks. “We are guaranteeing that the mail will continue to be delivered six days a week,” the President said. “And the bill increases transparency by requiring the postal service to develop online public dashboards. Updated weekly with local and national service performance data. You will be able to see in real-time how well the postal service is delivering for you and for your community. And this bill streamlines healthcare for postal workers as well.”
Pres. Biden's nominees to the USPS Board of Governors (yes – the body with the sole power to fire DeJoy), have FINALLY been sent to the full Senate. The Senate must confirm them; then the board must fire DeJoy. Restore public trust in the postal service!
DeJoy deserves deJail.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) April 6, 2022
A controversial figure from the moment he was appointed by Donald Trump, DeJoy’s tenure has been marked by several policies that disrupted service amid staffing cutbacks and postage rate hikes. But it was the intentional slowing down of mail delivery, which caused panic across the country heading into the 2020 Presidential election over worries about mail-in ballots, that ultimately put a target on DeJoy’s back, with public outcry for his removal growing louder the longer he remained in the position.
NEW: Under Louis DeJoy, USPS affirmed that its new fleet of vehicles would be made by union workers when it awarded Oshkosh an $11bn contract.
But after questioning from @AOC today it’s clear they lied. USPS & Oshkosh never intended to use union labor.See Also
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— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) April 6, 2022
“I will continue to fight for these commonsense improvements,” President Biden said on Wednesday. “But, today, we enshrined into law our recognition that the postal service is fundamental to our economy, democracy, health, and the very sense of who we are as a nation. In this bill, this bill recognizes the postal service is a public service. We are ensuring that it can continue to serve all Americans for generations to come.”