The Senate finally confirmed President Biden's last two nominees to the Postal Service Board, which means that the President has a majority that can fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the Senate would put the finishing touches on the bipartisan postal reform bill this week.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the Senate would take up, and pass, the bill to strengthen the Postal Service next week.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has asked President Biden to demand the immediate resignation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
The signs are growing Louis DeJoy's days are numbered as Postmaster General as President Biden will replace two of his allies on USPS Governing Board.
Donald Trump has now been out of office for over a month. That does not mean, however, that the people who enabled him over the last four years are going to stop now.
Ohio Senator Jim Jordan might be Trump’s Chief sycophant. And in a nod to those duties, Jordan attempted to protect USPS evil-doer Louis DeJoy during today’s hearing. This led to a savage rebuke from Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly.
According to Biden administration spokesperson Michael Gwin, the White House is working to address issues with the United States Postal Service.
President Biden has made clear his feelings on the current leadership of the Postal Service and the challenges it faces, and his team is working as quickly as possible to fill board vacancies so the USPS can effectively fulfill its vital mission for the country, and live up to the commitments made to its workers,” Gwin told CNN.
When Joe Biden took office, a number of Trump appointees left the United States government. Those who weren’t willing to leave were fired by the incoming president.
Getting rid of Louis DeJoy, the Postmaster General, was not so easy. DeJoy gained infamy over the summer by slowing down the mail in what looked like an attempt to depress mail-in voting.
Donald Trump has been gutting the federal government since he took office, whether by leaving many vacant positions unfilled or simply underfunding and eliminating positions in crucial agencies such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The latter efforts greatly hobbled the CDC’s ability to respond and take measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the United States and abroad.
Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for an independent investigation to be launched into potential campaign finance felonies by Trump's Postmaster General.
Postal union leaders say that Postmaster DeJoy's changes haven't materialized and Trump is slowing down the mail in battleground states.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the choice to undermine the 2020 general election and gutting the United States Postal Service (USPS) makes President Donald Trump and Republicans “enemies of the state.”
“We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and honouring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi told MSNBC. “They’re doing everything they can [to] suppress the vote with [their] actions: scare people, intimidate by saying law enforcement will be there, diminish the role of the postal system in all of this. It’s really, actually shameful. Enemies of the state.”
Pelosi advised Americans not to listen to President Trump’s false statements about mail-in voting, saying they’re meant to “intimidate” people from voting.
“One thing I will say to the American people: Do not pay attention to Donald Trump. It is his goal to scare people from voting, to intimidate them by saying he’s going to have law enforcement people at the polls. To welcome, in fact, Russian intervention, letting [Russian President Vladimir] Putin decide who will be President instead of the American people,” she said. “But ignore him, because his purpose is to diminish the vote, to suppress the vote. And shame on the Republicans for enabling that to happen.”
Earlier this morning, the president claimed that implementing mail-in voting would result in a “catastrophic disaster.”
“For our Country to be sending 80 million UNSOLICITED BALLOTS is very unfair and a roadmap to disaster,” he wrote, without citing any evidence for his claim. “Even recent small and easier to control elections which did this are a catastrophic disaster. Fraudulent & missing Ballots like never seen before. 20% and 30% off. STOP!”
For our Country to be sending 80 million UNSOLICITED BALLOTS is very unfair and a roadmap to disaster. Even recent small and easier to control elections which did this are a catastrophic disaster. Fraudulent & missing Ballots like never seen before. 20% and 30% off. STOP!
Today, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy appeared before the House of Representatives. The Trump appointee seemed uprepared to answer even basic questions and contradicted himself on a number of occasions.
Nancy Pelosi appeared on MSNBC on Monday to talk about the Trump administration and its attack on the Post Office. The Speaker of the House, however, ended up sounding a bit like the President himself. She referred to the GOP as “enemies of the state.”
Host Ayman Mohyeldin asked the Speaker, “Can you tell people today that they should not be afraid of what happens on November 3rd?”
Pelosi responded, “We took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. And sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and our honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States.”
Pelosi labeled Republicans "domestic enemies of the state"
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Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) dissected Louis DeJoy and got him to admit that he knows nothing about the operations of the USPS.
House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said DeJoy is withholding documents and will subpoena him by Wednesday if he doesn't turn them over.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) confronted Postmaster General Louis DeJoy with an internal document showing the delays began when he took over.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is making false claims and suggestions that he had no idea that mailboxes and mail sorting machines were being removed.
The NAACP has announced it’s suing the Postmaster General amid the ongoing crisis at the U.S. Postal Service and worries about the integrity of the election.
The nation’s leading Civil Rights organization filed the suit in Washington, D.C. against the U.S.P.S and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump donor and appointee.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson explained the reasons for the lawsuit in a statement.
As the country faces an uphill battle against COVID-19 and systemic racism, we’re witnessing a significant onslaught against our postal system at a time when prompt mail delivery matters more than ever, especially for voters of color,” Johnson said.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he will be suspending Trump's changes in USPS operations until after the election.
The AARP has entered the debate about the ongoing crisis at the U.S. Postal Service. The group, which represents the interests of millions of older Americans, has urged the organization to be more transparent.
The American Association of Retired Persons wrote to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in a letter released on Tuesday. They called on the Trump appointee not to reduce service, which critics say cold harm the integrity of this year’s election.
AARP to the Postmaster General: "We urge you to suspend any adjustments that could negatively affect service during the pandemic. Further, we urge the Postal Service to be more forthcoming and transparent regarding any changes." https://t.co/7dq3ejmNYj