Pascrell Calls on New Postal Board Members to Finally Fire DeJoy
Senate confirmation of two new governors helps remake USPS governing body
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today praised the Senate confirmation of Dan Tangherlini and Derek Kan to the United States Postal Service (USPS) board of governors, which creates a majority of appointees named by President Biden, and called on the governors to finally replace disgraced Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
“The first order of business for these new board members should be at long last removing Louis DeJoy from authority,” said Rep. Pascrell, who was the first member of Congress to demand DeJoy’s ouster by the board. “DeJoy’s record is one of corruption and deconstruction. Louis DeJoy’s mismanagement of the post office has caused nationwide delays in mail delivery, and his rampant financial conflicts of interest have badly weakened Americans’ confidence in their post office. This damage will take a long time to repair. There are no more excuses. The postal board must act decisively in the public interest and show Louis DeJoy the door.”
On January 25, 2021, Pascrell became the first member of Congress calling on President Biden to fire the entire Postal Board of Governors sitting before his election for their silence and complicity in DeJoy’s ongoing sabotage of postal operations. In February, Pascrell immediately praised the nominations by President Biden of the three new nominees to the USPS Board of Governors and on March 18, Pascrell and Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) led over 50 House Democrats urging Biden to immediately remove the then-sitting USPS Board of Governors.
On June 3, 2021, Pascrell called on President Biden’s first three new postal board members to remove DeJoy.
Since this postal crisis began, Rep. Pascrell has aggressively demanded accountability from USPS. On May 21, 2020, Pascrell wrote to USPS Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb demanding an investigation of turmoil at the USPS, stemming from a pattern of interference engineered by the Trump administration in its efforts to destabilize the post office.
On August 14, 2020 Pascrell became the first member of Congress to call for DeJoy and Trump to be investigated by a state criminal grand jury for their dismantling the Post Office, making a criminal referral to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal alleging Trump and DeJoy subverted state elections.
On September 30, 2020 Pascrell led members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation in a letter to Postmaster General DeJoy demanding an emergency visit to the Dominic Daniels mail sorting center in Kearny and requesting information on USPS’s ability to carry out New Jersey’s all vote-by-mail general election. In October, Pascrell made a surprise appearance at the Daniels Facility and demanded access.