DeJoy has instructed post offices to slow down mail, eliminate overtime, and end extra trips — undermining public reliance on the USPS and jeopardizing voting by mail in this year's elections.
Leading Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have issued a stern letter. Such letters have a long history of having little or no impact.
Congress must swiftly pass legislation to save, support, and strengthen the U.S. Postal Service, including its capacity to facilitate voting by mail.
Louis DeJoy and his wife, whom Trump has nominated as ambassador to Canada, own $30.1 million to $75.3 million in assets in Postal Service competitors or contractors, like UPS and the trucking company J.B. Hunt.
The complete disregard for ethical standards, the law, and public service ought to be enough to jolt Congress into action. It isn't.
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The U.S. Postal Service is probably our most trusted government agency. It’s been around as long as the United States. The Constitution grants Congress the power to establish it. But the Postal Service is under threat of elimination — a more serious threat than ever before.
RootsAction has been part of successful efforts to save the Postal Service from right-wing attacks in Congress before, and we can be again. But we need everyone to help.
The Postal Service provides universal service to all Americans — rich or poor, urban or rural. The work of its heroic employees is critical to our needs during the coronavirus pandemic, including the need for voting by mail.
Trump says he opposes voting by mail and that if voting is made too easy, “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” Trump has threatened to veto a coronavirus bailout for the Postal Service, which is rapidly losing revenue.
The Postal Service provides more than 600,000 good and largely unionized jobs. As much as its politically undermined budgets allow, it provides reliable convenient service to all, including to the most remote locations, as well as creating the possibility of a legitimate election in a time of necessary sheltering in place.
All of that makes the Postal Service a target for destruction and privatization. Congressional saboteurs have required that the Postal Service invest in retiree health benefits in a manner required of not a single other government agency or private corporation, adding to the Postal Service’s financial difficulties instead of alleviating them.
Trump has his own bizarre motivations beyond his opposition to voting by mail. He claims that the Postal Service benefits Amazon, whose owner also owns the Washington Post, which Trump dislikes. But basing public policy around such personal animosities is outrageous and should not be tolerated.
The Postal Service says it will run out of cash by the end of September without Congressional action. Numerous private companies, some of which had no need of it, have already been bailed out.
Click here to demand that Congress pass and the President sign legislation to save the U.S. Postal Service.
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>> The Guardian: “Trump says Republicans would ‘never’ be elected again if it was easier to vote”
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