World news – Biden to overhaul the postal service and get DeJoy on the ropes


Protesters gather in Kalorama Park on August 15, 2020 to protest President Donald Trump’s donor and current U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy in Washington, DC.

Post trucks aren’t the only thing that’s being redesigned. President Joe Biden nominates a trio of Democrats to the USPS Board of Governors. If this were confirmed, these newcomers would give the board a left-wing majority, with the power to oust the notorious Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, whom a federal judge reprimanded last year for making the postal service a « tool of partisan policy » with the aim of making the postal service had « disenfranchised voters. »

Biden appoints Ron Stroman, a former assistant postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, who directs the National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, who previously headed the Postal Union’s legal department. Service in the nine-member board of governors requires confirmation from the Senate. These new board members would create a Democratic majority and begin to reverse the damage that DeJoy, a longtime GOP mega-donor, did.

A veteran of private logistics and shipping, DeJoy has claimed he wanted to Post efficiency. However, his tenure was marked by scandalous delays in the mail and the removal of high-speed mail sorting equipment, especially in swing states ahead of the November elections. In September, a federal judge wrote that « the postal service’s actions are not the result of legitimate business concerns » and appeared instead as a « deliberate effort » in line with the Trump administration’s partisan goal of “disrupting and questioning the legitimacy of the upcoming local service to deliver ». State and federal elections. “DeJoy’s technical delays have indeed affected the 2020 elections and likely disenfranchised tens of thousands of American voters whose ballots were not delivered on time.

The delays also disrupted Christmas deliveries by the postal service and hampered the vacation experience for millions of American families that were blocked. (Full disclosure, I received a properly addressed Christmas card postmarked December 18 last week.)

Biden has been pressured by dozens of Democratic lawmakers to reorganize the USPS board specifically to oust DeJoy. As a testimony in front of the house on Wednesday, the Postmaster General was defiant. DeJoy said in a supervisory hearing he expected to continue his term and told lawmakers, « Get used to me. »


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