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Why Louis DeJoy Faces Calls to Be Fired As Postmaster General

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is facing growing calls for his ouster amid renewed criticism over how he runs the U.S. Postal Service.

Since he was appointed in May 2020, DeJoy, a prominent GOP donor, has been in the firing line for presiding over USPS cuts and delivery delays in a period that included the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election.

This week, Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey was among the Democratic lawmakers calling for President Joe Biden to “fire the entire Post Office board,” adding: “Louis DeJoy is trying to destroy USPS and he will succeed if he isn’t tossed out.”

Robert Cruickshank, campaign director at advocacy group Demand Progress, tweeted: “He really needs to be fired immediately.”

Although DeJoy was not technically appointed by Donald Trump, the former president had tapped him for the job and the postmaster general faced scrutiny over whether his role had a political dimension.

A USPS logo is seen on a mailbox in New York City on February 24. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is under fire over delays to mail services.
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Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who chairs the House oversight panel’s subcommittee on government operations, called the plan “draconian” and said: “The only way to right this ship is new leadership, a better vision and a realistic plan that serves all Americans,” NBC reported.

Cruickshank of Demand Progress tweeted on Tuesday: “The Senate must not delay in confirming the postal board of governors nominees.”

This refers to the process required for DeJoy’s removal. President Biden cannot simply fire him. That decision would be up to the USPS board of governors, which is comprised of three Republicans and one Democrat, and has three open seats.

If the Senate confirms Biden’s nominees to those seats, the board could remove him if DeJoy does not quit, CNN reported.

It seems DeJoy has no intention of leaving of his own accord. Last month, when asked how long he would stay in the job, he told lawmakers: “A long time. Get used to me.”

The USPS told The Liberty Buzz that Ron Bloom, chairman of its board of governors, had reiterated governors’ confidence in DeJoy’s leadership before the House committee on oversight and reform.

“Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has the full support of the governors,” the board said in a joint statement. “He was selected to help bring needed changes to the Postal Service, which has experienced over a decade of financial losses and faces the need for fundamental reform.

“The essential public service functions of the Postal Service must be maintained, and the Postmaster General’s reform initiatives will help ensure that they can be for many years to come.”

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