This article was first published on Moyers & Company.
By Lisa Graves and Evan Vorpahl
On Wednesday, February 24, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing on options for reforming the US Postal Service to help ensure it delivers the services Americans rely on and need. The committee has invited the Postmaster General, Donald Trump’s appointee Louis DeJoy, and others to testify about the failures at the post office.
Many lawmakers and concerned citizens have renewed calls to remove him from his post, which has no term limit. He could stay in that post for decades, like a Supreme Court justice, unless removed. Thirty-four Democratic Senators also wrote a letter to DeJoy this past week about the severe delays in the delivery of mail over the holidays and other disruptive changes he made before the election.
This hearing comes in the wake of news that DeJoy is planning to eliminate first class mail and increase the price of mailing in order to charge people more for slower delivery — a path some have called “sabotage.” The plan would basically put all first-class mail designated for 2-day delivery into the same category as 3- to 5-day mail, and it would ban first-class mail from being shipped by air.
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