Pascrell Hammers Latest DeJoy Plan for Postal Destruction
Paterson, NJ, March 23, 2021
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today blasted an announcement by United States Postal Service (USPS) leadership that it wanted to shorten post office hours, raise prices, and slow first class mail in a continued effort by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to destabilize the Post Office.
“This so-called plan offered by USPS leadership should itself be a dead letter. Americans demand the restoration of the reliable postal service they have always known and are entitled to as citizens of this country,” said Rep. Pascrell. “Today’s announcement is a blueprint for the Post Office’s continued decay and destruction. It is yet one more demonstration of why the whole leadership over there needs to be removed. The entire sitting Postal Board of Governors should be fired immediately for their silence and complicity in USPS’s decimation. And then Mr. DeJoy should be should be escorted to the street where his bags are waiting for him. Every day we wait to clean house further endangers the American Post Office.”
On January 25, 2021, Pascrell became the first member of Congress calling on President Biden to fire the entire Postal Board of Governors for their silence and complicity in DeJoy’s ongoing sabotage of postal operations. 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 entire sitting USPS Board of Governors.
Since this 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.