As the tweet above shows us, despite Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s pledge to knock it off the USPS has dismantled mail sorting machines. Postal Service headquarters has told maintenance managers around the country not to reconnect any sorting machines that had already been removed.
The WaPo tells us that DeJoy, who will testify before the Senate side today, “has mapped out far more sweeping changes to the U.S. Postal Service than previously disclosed, considering [post-election] actions that could lead to slower mail delivery in parts of the country and higher prices.”
Politico’s morning email thingie has a number of bombshells:
Democratic Senators will have plenty to grill him on, including new revelations from House investigators that DeJoy was not among the candidates that a USPS-hired search firm recommended for postmaster general. Instead, DeJoy was floated by a senior USPS official who is also a GOP donor, which Democrats say is “highly irregular.” More on that from Kyle: https://politi.co/328Hrjq.
On top of that, the former vice chairman of the U.S. Postal Service’s board of governors, David C. Williams, accused the Trump administration of politicizing the Postal Service. And Williams, who resigned in April, also said he had raised concerns about DeJoy before he was tapped for the top post. The latest from NYT’s Nicholas Fandos, Alan Rappeport, Kenneth P. Vogel and Catie Edmondson: https://nyti.ms/32abSWq.
And then the Washington Post reported that DeJoy is considering even more sweeping changes after the election that could jack up prices and slow delivery in certain parts of the country. The potential changes include raising package rates, cutting discounts for nonprofits and mandating that election ballots use first-class postage, among other things. The scoop from Jacob Bogage, Lisa Rein and Josh Dawsey: https://wapo.st/32eRjbl.
Senate Republicans are expected to mount a rigorous defense of DeJoy. In an interview, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said DeJoy has been the victim of a “character assassination” but will have the chance to defend himself today. “I appreciate Mr. DeJoy decided to take on this very thankless task, and unfortunately he’s finding out it’s not only thankless, but now he’s being subject to character assassination as well,” Johnson said. Marianne and Daniel Lippman with the preview: https://politi.co/2FKUIqN.
We’re going to keep an eye on this story, Scissorheads. There is much more rat-eff’ing to come.
UPDATE 1: Politico:
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Friday defended his proposed changes to the Postal Service amid an onslaught of scrutiny from congressional Democrats, warning that the U.S. Postal Service faces a dire financial situation and is an operational mess.
In lengthy prepared remarks before the GOP-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, DeJoy acknowledged several concerns lawmakers have raised in recent weeks, including the significant delivery delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
DeJoy asked Congress for financial relief and called on lawmakers to urgently address the Postal Service’s fiscal challenges, including its pension system.
“Without dramatic change, there is simply no end in sight, and we face an impending liquidity crisis that threatens our ability to deliver on our mission to the American public,” DeJoy told senators via video conference.