Congressman Sires Reacts to Postmaster DeJoy’s “Delivering For America” Plan

According to a CNN article, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s “Delivering For America” plan will result in “longer first-class mail delivery times and cuts to post office hours across the country.”  Those are among the changes embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced on Tuesday as part of a 10-year plan for the agency.

The sweeping 58-page plan, titled “Delivering for America,” promises to make the Postal Service more competitive and more modern — including a new energy-friendly fleet of delivery vehicles.”
                                                                                                                                The CNN article goes on to say, “it includes investments in ‘advanced package processing equipment,’ upgrades to post offices and uniforms, new technology such as mobile devices for letter carriers, and new employee training.  It also calls for dialing down delivery time expectations, which it notes the system has been unable to meet “over the past eight years.”

Congressman Albio Sires was critical of the Postmaster General’s plan, saying, “The United States Postal Service is one of the oldest institutions in our country and is protected explicitly in the Constitution. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our Postal employees have bravely worked the front line to continue their essential work. In an era where in-person retail was stopped, USPS employees delivered prescriptions to our nation’s veterans and seniors, stimulus checks to Americans in need, and delivered packages to those stuck at home.”

The Congressman continued, “Postmaster DeJoy’s ‘Delivering for America’ plan is a short-sighted plan that seeks to impose cutbacks to USPS, which would result in harmful delays and the degradation of service for millions across the country. Rather than cutbacks and ineffective measures, Postmaster DeJoy should instead work with Congress to achieve real USPS reform by such measures as eliminating the retirement health benefit pre-funding mandate for USPS employees.  As House Democrats continue passing legislation that works for the American people the needs of the USPS will not be forgotten. As Congress works on a vigorous infrastructure package I will fight to ensure this package includes the resources needed for USPS to thrive in the future and continue delivering a quality service to the American people.”

DeJoy’s plan proposes changing the standard for first class letters and flats to a five-day standard from a three-day standard. The Postal Service says that under the plan, it expects to deliver about 70% of first class mail within three days.

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