DeFazio, Blumenauer, Bonamici Blast Postal Service’s Manufactured Delays, Call on President Biden to Work With Congress to Remove Postmaster General DeJoy
Reps. DeFazio, Blumenauer, and Bonamici today called on President Biden to work with Congress to remove the United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, from office and replace him with an individual committed to bettering the agency’s service and reputation.
Following a Washington Post analysis showing that Oregon’s mail delivery would be significantly delayed by DeJoy’s proposal , the lawmakers wrote to President Biden urging him to also remove the six USPS Board of Governors members who have allowed DeJoy to degrade the service and reputation of the USPS.
“Despite these glaring management failures and the outcry from numerous Members of Congress—and, more importantly, millions of Americans—the USPS Board of Governors remains, at best, resistant to vigorously evaluating DeJoy’s performance. This is unacceptable.” the lawmakers wrote. “The Board’s complicity is causing real harm to USPS and undermining public confidence in one of the most relied upon federal agencies.”
Before DeJoy was appointed Postmaster General, USPS had a timely delivery rate of 96 percent for nearly a decade. Ever since he instituted his destructive measures last summer, the agency has never surpassed 90 percent.
While DeJoy continues to pursue major changes that would further harm USPS operations, he is also under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his connection to campaign fundraising schemes involving his former business.
Under his plan, Oregon’s average mail delivery will be at least one day slower, with fifty-five percent of first-class mail being delayed. At least one third of letters and parcels will arrive more slowly than current delivery rates.
For a PDF version of the letter, click here.