DeJoy’s response to Congress in a audience before he published his plan, he condemned its reception. While DeJoy was not as obnoxious and insulting to the members as he was on previous outings, he still angered many of them. DeJoy actually said “Does it make a difference if it’s an extra day to get a letter?” as if people didn’t rely on the mail to get their prescriptions, to pay their bills, to receive checks. Then he had the chutzpah to say, “I would give myself an ‘A’ to bring the strategy, the planning and the effort here.”
It’s not just Congress that is opposed to DeJoy. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro threat of legal action though DeJoy’s changes “illegally come at the expense of those who rely on the mail for everything from paychecks to drugs.” The postal service, it remind us, is a public service and “Changes to its universal service guarantee must go through a process designed to protect the public interest”. Shapiro’s office Told the To post that “DeJoy was encouraged to recognize legal obligations to obtain limited regulatory approvals, but said he remained concerned about delivering mail on time.”
DeJoy wants to cut service, cut USPS post office hours and increase shipping costs for consumers, delivering worse service at a higher cost in its attempt to save $ 160 billion over 10 years. This is how congressional legislation that is likely to pass that will repeal the 2006 law requiring the USPS to pre-fund retiree health benefits 75 years in advance. It is the only agency Congress has ever needed to do this, a decision taken during the preparation of the books to improve the appearance of the deficit.
The USPS is an off-budget entity – its operating expenses do not come from the treasury, but its payments to the federal health care system do, so this intergovernmental agency that injects funds for retiree health benefits could be counted as revenue for the federal government. It was so much book cooking, but it had real consequences by weighing down the USPS. Representative Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has legislation that would repeal both the 2006 law and enroll future retirees in Medicare. They are now part of the federal employee benefit plan, where all the pre-financing money goes.
DeJoy’s planned price hikes and service cuts are being trapped by consumer groups, including mail-dependent business groups. Lawsuits are underway to force the changes to stop. “In all of the fifty-eight pages of the plan, there doesn’t appear to be any effort to conserve mail volume,” wrote PostCom, a national postal trade advocacy group. “Aside from price increases and service reductions, there is little mail in the plan. It is inaction. Another group, the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, said that “the plan will reduce mail volume to levels not seen since before it hit 100 billion in 1980. […] If we, the shippers, win our federal lawsuit, the plan is irrecoverable. “
DeJoy must be stopped before you can implement these changes. He should have been gone before now – when his disqualifying conflicts of interest resurfaced. The fact that the USPS Board of Governors chose DeJoy – who was unqualified, had never worked in the Postal Service, and who got the job after making big donations to Trump’s convention – without no verification process means they also have to go.
Biden should set the board on fire. The Senate should make the confirmation of new members of Biden’s board of directors a top priority. The postal service is too critical an institution to allow this mischief to continue.