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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 TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 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.

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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 BezosHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans GOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' 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 MnuchinBiden cautious in making Trump tax returns decision Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears 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 ConnollyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump teases on 2024 run Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' Overnight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission MORE (D-Va.), chair of the House subcommittee with oversight of the USPS.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote MORE (R-Ky.) has signaled that the $25 billion is a non-starter. However, five Senate Republicans — Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE (Maine), Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsLobbying world Pat Roberts joins lobbying firm weeks after Senate retirement Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (Kan.), Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSusan Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Indigenous groups post billboards urging senators to confirm Deb Haaland MORE (Mont.), Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanSenate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote Senate GOP gets short-lived win on unemployment fight McConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay MORE (Alaska) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote 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.