Pascrell Hails Removal of Postal Board Chairman Ron Bloom
Biden will oust chief DeJoy enabler in drive to right teetering USPS
Washington, DC, November 19, 2021
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) this morning celebrated reports that President Biden would not renominate United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors Chairman Ron Bloom. Rep. Pascrell had spoken in recent weeks with the President on the imperative of ousting Mr. Bloom.
“Today the President took a big move towards rebuilding America’s Post Office. Ron Bloom has been an enabler and cheerleader for Louis DeJoy as he's dismantled our Post Office. That President Biden will replace Mr. Bloom will be music to the ears of tens of millions of Americans outraged at the endemic delays created by Louis DeJoy,” said Rep. Pascrell, who in January became the first member of Congress to demand the removal of the entire USPS board. “President Biden’s appointment of new postal governors is an essential step in fixing the Post Office. I thank the President for acting with urgency and now the Senate must share that urgency and quickly confirm a replacement. We must then wipe the slate clean by firing Louis DeJoy and ending his sabotage. We can’t lose a minute. Meanwhile Congress must pass overarching reform to right USPS’s finances.”
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 Postmaster General Louis 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. Pascrell is the sponsor of H.R. 5587, the Postal Police Reform Act, legislation to protect to the postal police force which has been gutted by DeJoy.
On January 25, 2021, Rep. 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.