Postal Service to review package fee policy: report

Postal Service to review package fee policy: report
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The U.S. Postal Service is reportedly reviewing the package delivery fees it charges companies such as Amazon, FedEx and UPS, a frequent sore spot between President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE and the agency.

In recent weeks, the USPS has sought bids from consulting firms to review its fees, according to The Washington Post, citing six people with knowledge of the situation.

The report comes the week after Louis DeJoy, a longtime Republican donor and finance chair of the 2020 Republican National Convention, was named U.S. postmaster general, while Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, the last senior postal official not appointed by President Trump, announced his resignation Friday.


Trump has frequently accused the agency without evidence of undercharging for package delivery and accused them of giving Amazon, whose founder Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosJeff Bezos's wealth hits record high 1B How competition will make the new space race flourish Just because Democrats are paranoid about the election doesn't mean there aren't problems MORE owns the Post, preferential treatment. He said he would not allow it access to a $10 billion line of credit approved by Congress unless it increased its package fees.

The president and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Supreme Court upholds NY prosecutors' access to Trump's tax returns, rebuffs Congress | Trump complains of 'political prosecution' | Biden rebukes Trump, rolls out jobs plan Mnuchin: Next stimulus bill must cap jobless benefits at 100 percent of previous income Why Trump can't make up his mind on China MORE have also sought to attach other terms of the loan, including giving the administration oversight over negotiated service agreements, a bulk-discount contract employed by the agency.

Democrats and labor officials have expressed dismay at DeJoy’s appointment and have suggested he will defer to the Trump administration in leading the traditionally independent agency.

The $3 trillion round of stimulus funding introduced by Democrats this week includes a provision forbidding the Treasury Department from attaching conditions to the $10 billion loan and would also provide another $25 billion in aid to the USPS.

“At the very moment House Democrats are trying to rescue the Postal Service by providing emergency cash and removing onerous loan terms, the president and his cronies continue to try and leverage this pandemic to privatize and dismantle the USPS,” said Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyBlack Caucus rallies behind Meeks for Foreign Affairs gavel Ousted watchdog says he told top State aides about Pompeo probe House committee chair requests immediate briefing on Secret Service's involvement in clearing protesters MORE (D-Va.), chair of the House subcommittee with oversight of the USPS.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm Congress under pressure to provide billions for school openings Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok MORE (R-Ky.) has signaled that the $25 billion is a non-starter. However, five Senate Republicans — Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMore Republicans should support crisis aid for the Postal Service GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Republicans considering an outdoor stadium for Florida convention: report MORE (Maine), Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsPence says decision on removing Confederate statues should be made locally The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick MORE (Kan.), Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesMore Republicans should support crisis aid for the Postal Service Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate MORE (Mont.), Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanBottom line US security starts in the Arctic Senate confirms nation's first African American service chief MORE (Alaska) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSixth GOP senator unlikely to attend Republican convention Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools MORE (Alaska) — joined five Democrats last week in calling for “significant emergency appropriations” and no-strings-attached borrowing for the agency.

A spokesperson for USPS declined to comment to The Hill.