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Lawmaker demands U.S. Postal Service turn over vehicle contract

PoliticsMar 12, 2021 06:40PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Friday demanded the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) release a contract it awarded to Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) Corp that could be worth $6 billion to build up to 165,000 next-generation delivery vehicles.

Some Democrats in Congress have been critical that the USPS awarded a multibillion-dollar, 10-year contract to Oshkosh Defense, a unit of Oshkosh Corp, to build a mix of gasoline-powered and electric delivery vehicles instead of choosing Workhorse Group Inc to build an all-electric fleet.

Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat who chairs the committee that oversees the USPS, said "a thorough review is warranted to ensure the award process is free from undue influence and potential interference."

She demanded USPS release the final contract, all offers submitted, records of negotiations and evaluation factors by March 26.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has committed to at least 10% of the fleet being electric vehicles but he said in a letter on Thursday that with government assistance the USPS could commit to making a majority of the fleet electric within 10 years. He added that the USPS needs about $8 billion to electrify the new fleet to the "maximum extent" feasible.

Lawmaker demands U.S. Postal Service turn over vehicle contract
 

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Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Mar 22, 2021 12:09PM ET
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sounds like the blue senators invested in the glue factory. care more about wasting tax payer dollars than the safety of carriers. all osk trucks can be converted, when deemed capable
Jack Zhang
Jack_A Mar 14, 2021 9:36PM ET
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free trade?
Junk Man
Junk_Man Mar 14, 2021 6:15AM ET
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Smells of corruption....
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Mar 13, 2021 8:18AM ET
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They will use an electric forklift to deliver the mail. OSK doesn't even have built batteries yet, they years away when if they start today. What's the plan?Let's use AAA?
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Mar 13, 2021 8:18AM ET
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they are teamed up with ford, so I guess they have no problems with ev.
Mad Money
Mad Money Mar 13, 2021 1:07AM ET
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OSK is trash
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Mar 12, 2021 9:04PM ET
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If you don't want to change and only 10% of your new cars will be electric, then just buy the same ******you already have, why bother to build new ones with the same system.
Jo Pa
Jo Pa Mar 12, 2021 8:32PM ET
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Postal service should be disbanded. It operates at a massive taxpayer loss. Let private industry do it.
Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu Mar 12, 2021 8:32PM ET
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because it's being robbed by Amazon
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Oh great this woman and her facelift are going to get directly involved with a 6 billion dollar government postal contract. I can't imagine what could go wrong
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Nothing except keeping the USPS from being influence by a trump appointee to keep using fossil fuel vehicles to support the oil industry trump loves.
Scott Williams
Scott Williams Mar 12, 2021 6:51PM ET
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that oil generates the electric for the E cars.. Texas should show us the grid will cripple the economy when natural disasters hit.
Adrian White
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Texas showed us what happens when you completely deregulate energy, and don't invest in proper transmission upgrades because you're too focused on near-term profit.
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Me comment  That oil industry helped build this country and the rest of the world.
 
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