The Washington Post reported on Friday that President Joe Biden is expected to announce he will not nominate Ron Bloom, the United States Postal Service board chairman and the board’s most powerful supporter of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, for a new term when his current term expires at the end of the year.
While Bloom is a Democrat, he was appointed by Donald Trump, who was required by law to balance control of the board between the parties. Bloom has consistently voiced support for DeJoy, continually frustrating efforts to remove him.
DeJoy has been a controversial figure from the start. In 2020, he was accused of slowing the mail down to frustrate the counting of absentee ballots in the presidential election, an accusation that he denies. This year, he began implementing a long-term cost-saving plan for USPS that, among other things, will slow down the delivery of some first-class mail and hikes postage rates. He has also faced an FBI investigation for an apparent political fundraising scheme where he allegedly pressured employees to make improper donations.
BREAKING: President Biden will nominate Dan Tangherlini and Derek Kan to the USPS Board of Governors. That means there may finally be ENOUGH VOTES to REMOVE Louis DeJoy!
How does that make you feel? ✋
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) November 19, 2021
According to the reporting from Jacob Bogage, the move casts doubt on DeJoy’s future at the agency, said three people who spoke with him on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. “Biden’s decision potentially gives liberals on the panel another crucial vote to oust the postmaster general, who can only be removed by the board of governors,” Bogage writes.” The nine-member board currently is split with four Democrats, four Republicans, and one independent, though Biden has only appointed three members.”
🚨 SCOOP: Biden expected to replace Ron Bloom, USPS board chair and key Louis DeJoy ally, on postal boardhttps://t.co/xL99wb9PsT
— Jacob Bogage (@jacobbogage) November 19, 2021
Read the full report at The Washington Post.