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 TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups 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 BezosReplace Kamala Harris with William Shatner to get kids excited about space exploration Shatner pushes back on Prince William over space flight comments Shatner says he was struck by 'fragility of this planet' on trip to space 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 MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Former Treasury secretaries tried to resolve debt limit impasse in talks with McConnell, Yellen: report Menendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS 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 ConnollyBiden struggles to rein in Saudi Arabia amid human rights concerns Trump company in late-stage talks to sell DC hotel: report Trump Hotel lost more than M during presidency, say documents MORE (D-Va.), chair of the House subcommittee with oversight of the USPS.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — Democrats tee up Senate spending battles with GOP The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Treasury to use extraordinary measures despite debt ceiling hike MORE (R-Ky.) has signaled that the $25 billion is a non-starter. However, five Senate Republicans — Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenators ask Biden administration to fund program that helps people pay heating bills McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Republicans are today's Dixiecrats MORE (Maine), Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsMcConnell gets GOP wake-up call Bob Dole, Pat Roberts endorse Kansas AG Derek Schmidt for governor Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm MORE (Kan.), Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Senate GOP seeks bipartisan panel to investigate Afghanistan withdrawal Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (Mont.), Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanAlaska man accused of threatening senators to remain detained ahead of trial Alaska tribal groups race to spend COVID-19 relief money Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Senators slam Pentagon officials MORE (Alaska) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiAnti-Trump Republicans endorsing vulnerable Democrats to prevent GOP takeover GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call 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.