Trump-Appointed USPS Postmaster General Draws Republican Rebuke

Steve HutkinsNews

Newsweek: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump during his last year in office, is receiving rare backlash from Republican lawmakers for his handling of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

A group of 26 U.S. senators, including 13 Republicans representing states with large rural areas, sent DeJoy a letter this week demanding that he works to “improve service immediately” and “restore status quo operations as much as practicable” in locations where his cost-cutting measures have resulted in significant delivery delays.

The senators argued that areas where USPS service has recently been changed under DeJoy’s “Delivering for America” initiative have suffered “critical delays for mail that requires overnight delivery,” with the possibility of on-time deliveries “for critical mail like medications and laboratory tests” having been “eliminated” in some areas.

Senators expressed skepticism that DeJoy’s plan would improve “efficiency or costs” overall, while warning that “local and rural service could be degraded” by measures like requiring outgoing mail to sometimes be processed at hubs that are out of state.

DeJoy was urged to pause the plan and request a “comprehensive” advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission before moving forward with any further changes.

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