Speaking Wednesday to the House Oversight Committee, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the US Postal System was “in a death spiral.”

“You can sit here and think I’m bringing all this damage to the Postal Service,” said DeJoy, “[but] the place was operationally faulty because of lack of investment and lack of ability to move forward, which is what we’re trying to do.”

DeJoy, a major GOP donor appointed last May, has been criticized by Democrats for cost-cutting measures that contributed to long delays during the 2020 holiday season. Some Democrats even think he slowed the mail on purpose to hinder Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

In his defense, the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election significantly exacerbated an already-busy time for the Postal Service.

“We must acknowledge that during this peak season, we fell far short of meeting our service targets,” said DeJoy. “Too many Americans were left waiting for weeks for important deliveries of mail and packages. This is unacceptable and I apologize to those customers who felt the impact of our delays.”

DeJoy told lawmakers he is working on a 10-year plan to address some of the major issues plaguing the Postal Service, including longer-than-expected delays. “The status quo should be acceptable to no one,” he said.

Specific goals of the plan include:

  • Reverse a federal mandate that requires the Postal Service to prepay the healthcare costs of its future retirees
  • Extend the standard for First Class mail beyond the traditional 1-3 business days
  • Transporting less mail by plane and more by truck

“You shouldn’t even call it First Class mail if it takes three days for something to get a short distance,” adds Paul Steidler, senior fellow at the Lexington Institute.“There’s going to be greater instances of court notices not being received on time, payments to credit card companies not getting in on time, and penalties being assessed…and it’s completely unnecessary.”

“It sounds like your solution to the problems you’ve identified is just surrender,” adds Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). “You’re basically saying becuase the mail has been late under your leadership, we’re just going to change the standards and build it into the system that it will be late.”

Peters, Raskin, and other critics have called on President Joe Biden to fill the vacant seats on the Postal Service’s Board of Governors in hopes the group will remove DeJoy and appoint a new Postmaster General.

Biden announced three nominees to the Board this week: former Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman, former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union Anton Hajjar, and CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute Amber McReynolds.

When asked how long he plans to remain in his position, DeJoy said: “A long time. Get used to me.”

Critics worry DeJoy will increase the cost of postage to boost revenue, though he has expressed no intentions of doing so.

23 thoughts on “Say Goodbye to First Class Mail”
  1. So DeJoy’s solution for NOT meeting the target of 1-3 day for 1st Class mail is to move the target to more than 3 days. WHAT?

    Terrible management!

  2. DeJoy is totally out of touch with rural America; He sent Postal Vans that should be limited to City Use ONLY to our rural area, from the Postal Worker these Vans are Useless as frequency of flat tires in our Post Office is in the range of $750 a day for flats, along with tows from ditches on our dirt roads! Also the tires on these Vans are only car tire rated and manufactured by two tire companies! No heavy duty tires made for these Vans, thus mail is delayed when the routes can’t be completed in the time set up for the routes and has to be retuned to the Post Office for hopefully the next day delivery! One example, my bank statement took 16 days to be delivered last month, kept being sent back and kept being buried, you don’t have to see that the BRAIN DEAD are running the POSTAL SERVICE, lessons could be learned from UPS and FED X, but that would take some real thought!

  3. FIRE ALL OF them and hire competent people to run the United States postal offices system take bids for new postal trucks from a US manufacturing company and make sure that the parts and accessories are made in the USA

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