Langevin Writes President Biden, USPS Board Requesting They Remove Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

Feb 12, 2021 Issues: Rhode Island

Warwick, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) sent letters to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors urging them to take the action necessary to remove U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and install new USPS leadership. Congressman Langevin’s office has heard from over 2,000 constituents with concerns about USPS operations under DeJoy’s leadership, and there have been reports of widespread delivery delays and issues with lost mail across the nation.

“From delivering life-saving medication to important business correspondence, the USPS does vital work every day to ensure Americans get their mail,” said Congressman Langevin. “Unfortunately, this essential service has been undermined by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and serious delays in delivery are impacting the lives of many people who do not have time to spare. We need capable leadership committed to restoring high-quality, prompt mail service to Americans. While President Biden does not have the authority to remove the Postmaster General, he does have the ability to appoint additional members to the USPS Board of Governors who, collectively, can install new leadership.”

Postmasters General serve at the pleasure of the USPS Board of Governors and can’t be directly fired by a President. Currently, Republican appointees hold a 4-2 majority on the board, which can have up to nine governors, with no more than five belonging to the same political party. In his letters, Langevin contends that the Trump Administration intentionally left multiple Democratic positions on the Board vacant and urges that the three Democratic vacancies be filled by President Biden and for the Board to take swift action to appoint a new head of the USPS. He also calls for the President to consider the removal of Board members if they refuse to instate a new Postmaster General.

DeJoy was appointed in May 2020 by the USPS Board of Governors before the 2020 presidential election that saw record delivery of mail-in ballots. Early in his tenure, DeJoy imposed a series of operational cutbacks that included the removal of mail-sorting machines and postal collection boxes, the reduction of overtime labor, and altered delivery schedules. The changes resulted in a significant dip of first-class mail delivered on time around the 2020 Christmas holiday when only 64% of first-class mail was delivered on time. Langevin joined the Rhode Island Congressional delegation in August in sending a letter urging the suspension of these changes and demanding that the Trump Administration stop undermining the USPS.

Full text of letter to President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Full text of letter to United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors