The White House on Thursday robbed the postmaster general Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoy Democratic fury with the Republican Party explodes in the House of Representatives Biden Announces Candidates for Vacancies on the Board of the Connolly Postal Service to the Republican Party: I will not be lectured by those who voted to nullify the election MORE, signaling a leadership change in the U.S. Postal Service could come once President BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin’s objection to Neera Tanden: He ‘doesn’t answer us at the White House.’ Senators Without a Schedule for Removal of the National Guard, Capitol Fence Defense Overnight: New Senate Armed Forces Chairman Speaks on Pentagon Political Candidate Afghanistan More | Biden reads report on Khashoggi’s murder | Austin Emphasizes Vaccine Safety In New Video MOREElections for the agency’s board of governors are confirmed.
“The president is committed to the success of the Postal Service, which is why yesterday he nominated three highly qualified individuals to fill the gaps on the board of governors,” said the White House press secretary. Jen psakiJen Psaki 700+ Migrant Children in Border Patrol Custody: Klain’s Report on Manchin’s Objection to Neera Tanden: He ‘Doesn’t Answer Us at the White House’ Biden Elections Face Danger in Senate 50-50 told reporters at a briefing.
“And the American people greatly value the Postal Service and the men and women who deliver our mail every day and are working hard to do exactly that,” he continued. “But I think we can all agree, most Americans would agree, that the Postal Service needs leadership that can and will do a better job.”
When asked if the White House would be seeking to replace DeJoy, a Trump appointee, as head of the Postal Service, Psaki noted that the agency’s board of governors has authority to determine leadership.
“I think the president is certainly familiar with the process,” he said. “He believes that the leadership can do better and we look forward to having the board of governors in place.”
Biden announced three nominees Wednesday to fill the remaining vacancies on the nine-person USPS board of governors.
Appointments require Senate confirmation. If Biden’s three elections are confirmed, the majority of the board members would be appointed by Democrats, which could clear the way for removing DeJoy and electing a replacement.
Biden intends to nominate former Deputy CEO of Postal Ron Stroman, former General Counsel of the Union of American Postal Workers Anton Hajjar and executive director of the non-partisan National Vote at Home Institute Amber McReynolds.
DeJoy has faced calls to resign dating back to last year, as members of both parties have raised concerns about the Postal Service’s management. The problem came to a head before the 2020 election, as officials worried that problems at the agency would lead to delays in sending and receiving the massive influx of mail-in ballots brought on by the pandemic.
DeJoy testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, where he acknowledged that the Postal Service experienced delays in deliveries that were particularly pronounced late last year during the holidays.