Donald Trump has left office, but Postmaster Louis DeJoy remains in charge of the U.S. Postal Service. But Democrats from Virginia have a plan to clear house.
“Swamped by thousands of complaints over lost or delayed mail, Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA) is leading an intensifying push in Congress to replace U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and, if necessary, the entire governing board of the U.S. Postal Service,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday.
“McEachin urged the Postal Service Board of Governors on Thursday to replace DeJoy – appointed in May by then-President Donald Trump before a presidential election that relied on record delivery of mail-in absentee ballots that the former president continues to blame for his loss,” the newspaper noted. “DeJoy imposed a series operational cutbacks that McEachin blamed for a breakdown in service that resulted in just 64% of first-class mail being delivered on time in late December and just 55.1% in the Richmond Postal District, compared with 90% last spring. Late deliveries also affected priority mail, including prescription medications.”
McEachin’s remarks echo those of the commonwealth’s two U.S. senators.
“It is a travesty what has happened to the Postal Service,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said.
“Separately, Warner blasted DeJoy as ‘a completely incompetent postmaster general’ and ‘a political hack,’ who had undermined service by cutting back on overtime for after-hour mail delivery, collections and the number of machines for processing mail,” the newspaper noted.
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