In Wednesday’s congressional hearing, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy brought his usual brash, bullying self to the table, at one point snarling at Rep. Jim Cooper that he would be in this job for “a long time. Get used to me.” Within an hour of that exchange, news broke that President Biden had been vetting nominees to fill vacancies on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) board of governors, the board that has the power to fire DeJoy.
“Far too many constituents across the Chicago region have gone days and sometimes weeks without mail,” Rep. Marie Newman, a Democrat, told the local ABC affiliate. “Our residents rely on postal mail to receive their medicine, bills, tax refunds, and essential documents but these delivery delays and customer service issues are causing them to lose faith in one of America’s most trusted and respected institutions. Our seniors are falling behind on their prescriptions and essential services are being shut off because bills were not delivered on time—this is unacceptable.” That’s the message Democratic lawmakers tried to make break through with DeJoy Wednesday, to little effect. “You can sit here and think I’m bringing all this damage to the Postal Service,” he told Rep. Jamie Raskin, but “the place was operationally faulty because of lack of investment and lack of ability to move forward, which is what we’re trying to do.”
What he’s trying to do is is further slow the mail and make it cost more. That includes ending one- and two-day delivery for local first class mail and hiking postage rates, a plan that is being panned pretty much everywhere. One analyst spoke to NPR, saying that “degrading” first class mail is a terrible ideal. Paul Steidler, a senior fellow at the Lexington Institute, said, “You shouldn’t even call it first-class mail if it takes three days for something to get a short distance.” He added: “There’s going to be greater instances of court notices not being received on time, payments to credit card companies not getting in on time and penalties being assessed … and it’s completely unnecessary.”Daily Kos While DeJoy was gloating ‘Get used to me’ in hearing, Biden was engineering his ouster