Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is pressing the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors to either fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, call for his resignation or all board members resign.
On Friday evening, the Massachusetts senator took to Twitter with an article that detailed the board’s support of DeJoy — a Trump-appointed official who is also described as a major Republican donor and ally for the president.
Warren called out the board members’ presumed complicity despite the mail delays and complications that have plaguing cities and states since DeJoy was appointed.
“The @USPS Board of Governors has a responsibility to serve the public interest. That means delivering the mail on time – not acting as accomplices for the Postmaster General’s partisan sabotage,” Warren tweeted. “If the Board won’t fire Louis DeJoy and reverse the damage, they should resign too.”
The @USPS Board of Governors has a responsibility to serve the public interest. That means delivering the mail on time – not acting as accomplices for the Postmaster General’s partisan sabotage. If the Board won’t fire Louis DeJoy and reverse the damage, they should resign too. https://t.co/7lA3mlyRw3— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 22, 2020
Warren’s tweet came just hours after a Republican-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where DeJoy testified about the Postal Service operational changes he is being held accountable for, as previously reported on IJR.
Although DeJoy has halted all operational changes, he refuted the voter suppression accusations.
Over the last four weeks, DeJoy has been at the center of controversy for the decommissioning of 671 high-volume sorting machines and 700 mail collection boxes across the United States.
When asked if he plans to return the decommissioned machines, DeJoy confirmed he will not as he claimed the machines were “not needed.”
The postmaster general also defended his actions as he insisted the removal of the machines is part of a routine, data-driven process that occurs annually.
”The mail volume, you know, is dropping very rapidly and especially during the COVID crisis,” DeJoy said, adding, “And package volume is growing, and when I spoke with the team — when this too became —got a lot of airplay, we really are moving these machines out to make room to process packages.”