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U.S. mail delivery still facing 'unacceptable delays', group of senators says

EconomyFeb 18, 2021 09:10AM ET
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(This February 17 story corrects paragraph 4 to show DeJoy is a supporter of Trump who was named head of the Postal Service last year, not named by Trump to head Postal Service)

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. mail deliveries are still facing "unacceptable delays" months after the problem first appeared and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy should explain why he has not fixed the issue, according to a group of 33 U.S. senators on Wednesday.

During the week ended Dec. 26, nationwide on-time delivery was 64% for first-class mail and 45% for periodicals, the senators said.

Delays in paychecks and other mail deliveries by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) gained attention this summer as a record number of voters mailed in ballots to elect a new president.

DeJoy, a supporter of former President Donald Trump who was named head of the Postal Service last year, suspended operational changes in August after enormous criticism over postal delays.

He is set to testify next week before a U.S. House of Representatives committee on the Postal Service's financial outlook along with will Ron Bloom, a former Obama administration official elected last week as the new chairman of the U.S. Postal Board of Governors.

The 31 Democratic senators and two independent lawmakers, led by Michigan Democrat Gary Peters who chairs the committee overseeing the Postal Service, said "we urge you to be fully transparent with the public about Postal Service operations and the reasons they are still facing delays."

They cited reports USPS as part of a forthcoming 10-year strategic plan may further slow mail.

DeJoy said Wednesday in a statement the plan aims to fix problems "that are preventing the Postal Service from meeting the American people’s expectations for reliability, and resulting in billions of dollars of losses every year with no end in sight."

DeJoy came under heavy criticism for making service changes that delayed deliveries and he suspended them in August ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

"We must acknowledge that during this peak season, we fell far short of meeting our service targets. Too many Americans were left waiting weeks for important deliveries of mail and packages," DeJoy said last week, apologizing to customers.

Last week, USPS reported $318 million of income for the quarter ended Dec. 31, delivering a record 1.1 billion holiday season packages, while first-class mail revenue decreased by $177 million.

USPS reported net losses totaling $86.7 billion from 2007 through 2020. One reason is Congress in 2006 passed legislation requiring USPS to pre-fund more than $120 billion in retiree health care and pension liabilities. Labor unions have called this requirement an unfair burden that other businesses do not share.

U.S. mail delivery still facing 'unacceptable delays', group of senators says
 

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Alan Rice
Alan Rice Feb 18, 2021 11:25AM ET
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2021 USA Technological Challenge: mail delivery ??
Stephen Be
Stephen Be Feb 18, 2021 10:41AM ET
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How many other Trumpers were appointed with the intent and purpose of making America Dysfunctional? When Biden does a Treasury Audit and we find out just how much Mnuchin stole from us... are you still gonna wave those Trumphumping flags> MORE AMERICAN DIED on the Capitol Steps under the direct command of Donald Trump than were killed in Benghazi THAT got eight investigations. How many are the REDS calling for on this Act of Sedition by the GOP and a sitting president? They just PROTECTED a TRAITOR because they are protecting themselves. The COUP FAILED, get over it!  YOU LOST!!!!!
Craig Warren
Craig Warren Feb 18, 2021 10:41AM ET
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Well put. I just can't understand how people ever believed Trump on anything. I don't know about a woke movement, but 75 million Americans need to wake up, it is so obvious it is stupid they are in a cult and don't know it, seduced or drunk on the same style of lies by people like Charles Manson, David Koresh, and Scientology. It's absolutely astounding the the people keep following the money hungry senators that sold their soul to Trump for money and perceived power. The issue is going to be, And unfortunately good Republicans are going to lose their jobs because they split party and can't win on either side. Trump and his senators lose, other republican senators loose to a 50% democratic country. I'm am independent, but from a binary perspective it is what it is and they are too blind to see it all happening.
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Stephen Be Feb 18, 2021 10:36AM ET
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Lemme guess, the SAME TREASONOUS REDS are behind this effort to undermine the Constitutional Mandate of a US Postal service. I think ALL COMMUNICATIONS should be nationalized and internet and phone services offered at cost to Citizens. TAX PAYERS BUILT the towers and the cell phone industry infrastructure. It's long past time we treated phone and internet providers like UTILITIES and regulated both rates and profits.
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Stephen Be Feb 18, 2021 10:36AM ET
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Maybe it has something to do with the boogereating population of Georgia employed in cushy government jobs.
Lisa Klenzak
Lisa Klenzak Feb 18, 2021 9:23AM ET
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I mailed a birthday card from Georgia to my niece in Illinois on Jan 23rd and she has yet to get it.  I'd say there definitely needs to be some answers.
Craig Warren
Craig Warren Feb 18, 2021 9:23AM ET
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We got Christmas mailed in December in early February.
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No kidding 2-3 day 1st class mail is still taking 6 + days better than before Xmas when it wad 14 days.
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SO, if the REDS sabotaged the USPS, why are you still voting for TRAITORS?
 
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