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House Democrats call on Biden to fill Postal Service Board vacancies to pave way for ousting DeJoy

House Democrats call on Biden to fill Postal Service Board vacancies to pave way for ousting DeJoy
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A group of 80 House Democrats on Wednesday called on President BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE to fill three vacancies on the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors, which would pave the way for potentially removing Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyTammy Duckworth pressures postal service board on firing DeJoy House Democrats introduce 'DeJoy Act' to block postal service changes Let's end the Postal Service political theater and create needed reforms MORE from his position. 

The Democratic lawmakers, led by Reps. Alma AdamsAlma Shealey AdamsOfficials discuss proposals for fixing deep disparities in education digital divide The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - At 50 days in charge, Democrats hail American Rescue Plan as major win House Democrats call on Biden to fill Postal Service Board vacancies to pave way for ousting DeJoy MORE (N.C.), Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioPelosi wants Biden infrastructure bill done by August The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes Senate Democrats reintroduce bill to create financial transaction tax MORE (Ore.), and Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyLawmakers, whistleblower advocates push Biden to fill federal employment board The 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' MORE (Va.), urged Biden to prioritize submitting nominations for the vacancies "as expeditiously as possible."

"We do not doubt that the Postal Service requires some thoughtful reforms in order to continue to provide excellent service to the American people in the years to come; however, there is a plethora of evidence that Postmaster General DeJoy is not equipped to meet the rigors of these challenges," they wrote in a letter to the president

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"Filling the vacant seats on the Postal Service’s Board of Governors with strong, passionate advocates for the institution will allow it to function in a nonpartisan manner, and will allow the Board to seriously consider whether the current Postmaster General is suitable to continue in his role."

The Postal Service Board of Governors has six members that were appointed by former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE, two of whom are Democrats. DeJoy could only be removed by the Postal Service Board of Governors, as Biden can't remove him directly. 

Earlier this month, Ron Bloom, a former Obama administration official who was nominated by Trump to the Board in 2019, was elected its chairman. Bloom succeeded Robert Duncan, a Republican appointed by Trump who remains on the Postal Service Board. 

DeJoy, a GOP megadonor who previously ran a logistics company, drew the ire of Democrats shortly after becoming postmaster general last year for implementing cost-cutting measures at the Postal Service that led to mail delivery delays.

In response to the backlash at the time, DeJoy announced last August that he would pause changes to Postal Service operations until after the November election "to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail." Trump had for months tried to sow doubt in the reliability of casting ballots by mail as many people sought for alternatives to voting in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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But DeJoy is reportedly considering additional operational changes. The Washington Post reported last week that DeJoy is preparing to designate all first-class mail for a three-to-five-day delivery window, instead of allowing for a separate tier that delivers mail in two days. Only 38 percent of first-class mail was delivered on time at the end of last year. 

In response to the Washington Post report, Connolly, who chairs a House Oversight subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Postal Service, also called on Biden last week to "immediately" remove and replace the entire Board of Governors to clear the way for DeJoy's removal.

The Biden administration has said that Biden intends to fill the vacancies with officials "who reflect his commitment to the workers of the U.S. Postal Service," but has not yet offered a timeline.

 

In the meantime, the House Oversight and Reform Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing next Wednesday with DeJoy and Bloom on legislative reforms for the Postal Service.