Sending a verbal ‘finger’ to Congress the Postmaster General of the USPS saying that he cannot be fired so get use to having me mess with your mail.
President Biden can’t directly fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy—and DeJoy certainly knows it. During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, DeJoy corrected a Democratic lawmaker who described him as a “Trump holdover,” Politico reports. “I’m not a political appointee,” he said. “I’d really appreciate if you’d get that straight. When Rep. Jim Cooper asked DeJoy how long he planned to remain in the role, he said, “A long time. Get used to me.” DeJoy, a Trump ally and major Republican donor, was appointed by the United States Postal Service’s GOP-dominated board last year and has been heavily criticized over moves that significantly slowed down service. His opponents have urged Biden to end his tenure by filling three vacant slots on the nine-person board, or by just replacing the entire panel.
Biden hasn’t said whether he will try to get rid of DeJoy, though White House spokesman Michael Gwin tells CNN that the president “is working as quickly as possible to fill board vacancies so the USPS can effectively fulfil its vital mission for the country, and live up to the commitments made to its workers.” During Wednesday’s hearing, DeJoy acknowledged that there had been “unacceptable” delays but said there had been major issues before he arrived. “You can sit here and think that I’m bringing all this damage to the Postal Service,” he said. “But as I said earlier, the place was operationally faulty because of a lack of investment and lack of ability to move forward, which is what we’re trying to do.” DeJoy, who said the USPS was in a financial “death spiral,” told lawmakers he would release a long-term plan next month.
Well Biden took his mean spirited threat seriously.
President Biden announced his three nominees to join the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors on Wednesday, the first step for the board to potentially oust controversial Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. There are currently three vacancies on the nine-member board, and the six existing members were all appointed by former President Donald Trump.
Mr. Biden has chosen Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union; Amber McReynolds, a voting rights activist and the CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute; and Ron Stroman, who recently retired as deputy postmaster general. If confirmed by the Senate, Democrats would have a majority on the board, which currently has four Republicans and two Democrats.
Finger back atcha!
The sooner we exorcise this demon from the Post Office the better.
We already have enough douche bags in DC time to have one less.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”