Overdue Post Office Reform

The Postal Service’s recent history of five price hikes since 2020, ongoing service delivery issues, and persistent declines in mail volume highlight the urgent need for attention to its business model. A group of U.S. House Democrats, including Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), emphasized the significance of swiftly filling vacant seats on the Postal Service Board of Governors in a letter to President Joe Biden. Signed by 80 Democratic lawmakers, the letter stresses the importance of selecting board members who will prioritize lowering costs for all Americans and restoring the Postal Service as a public service accessible to everyone, not just those able to afford expensive specialty services.

With the recent departure of Postal Governors Lee Moak and William Zollars, the letter urges Biden to promptly nominate two new members to ensure uninterrupted service for the American public. The lawmakers emphasize the necessity of appointing individuals committed to enhancing accessibility and affordability of postal services.

Highlighting concerns over the impact of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year austerity plan, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) previously called for an investigation into its effects. Critics argue that DeJoy’s plan, supported by Republicans including former President Donald Trump, aims to privatize the Postal Service. DeJoy’s close ties to Trump, including significant campaign donations, raise further questions about his intentions and the direction of the Postal Service.

A statement from Krishnamoorthi’s office criticized DeJoy’s leadership, citing increased costs and decreased service quality, particularly affecting rural communities, small businesses, seniors, and tribal areas. The statement underscores the negative impact on those who rely on the Postal Service for personal and business correspondence.

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