Senate Democrats Want To Put A Hold On DeJoy’s Mail Plans
A group of Democratic Senators plan to introduce a bill that would block Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Sens. Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (Ct.), and Joe Manchin (W.V.) will introduce the bill to block DeJoy’s plan when the Senate comes back into session on Monday. In March DeJoy revealed details of a plan that he claims will turn around the Postal Service’s wrecked financials. The Donald Trump-appointee’s initiative would result in the largest rollback of consumer mail services in a generation, lengthen the delivery window for first-class mail, cut post office hours and raise postage prices.
Postal advocates were alarmed by details of the plan, saying they could further erode agency performance. Mailing industry officials warned that the substantial service cuts and price hikes he has proposed could drive away business and make the already bad financial USPS financial situation even worse.
“The U.S. Postal Service needs to be improving delivery rates – not walking them back to the days of the pony express,” said Heinrich in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA. “After I, and several Members of Congress, fought to save the USPS during the COVID-19 pandemic, I expect more of a willingness from Postmaster General DeJoy to improve one of the longest-standing services in America. If not, he needs to go. I’ll be fighting to strengthen the USPS in the meantime.”
Manchin said, “West Virginians depend on USPS to deliver medicines and bills or support their small businesses. The delays in service over the course of the last year have had serious impacts on rural communities, and it’s a travesty that the Postmaster General wants to double down on that poor service by making it the standard going forward.”
Calls for DeJoy’s ouster began last year when he ordered the dismantling of automated mail sorting machines that slowed the movement of mail-in election ballots and other mail. Many saw that move as an effort to help the twice-impeached Trump get re-elected. Since then mail delivery times continue to lag those before DeJoy was installed. He cannot be fired by President Joe Biden. Only the USPS Board of Governors can replace him. Biden has nominated three candidates to fill vacancies on the board, but the body is still controlled by Trump nominees who are not inclined to go along with Biden’s wishes for change at the top.