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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Demands Answers From Postmaster General DeJoy On His Failure To Address Delays And To Commit To Preserving 2-Day First Class Delivery Standard

February 24, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s hearing on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), titled “Legislative Proposals to Put the Postal Service on Sustainable Financial Footing,” Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi questioned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on the failures of the Postal Service during his tenure and its increasingly slow and late mail delivery. Citing constituent stories of delayed medication deliveries and a February 6th Washington Post article which illustrated the USPS’s own data, Congressman Krishnamoorthi showed that as of January 2020, 90% of two-day local first-class mail was delivered on-time, declining to 70% in December 2020. Similarly, 3-5 day nonlocal first-class mail was delivered on-time at a rate of roughly 80% in January 2020, but plummeted to around 40% in December 2020.

“I was disappointed by Postmaster General DeJoy’s unwillingness to take responsibility for his failures in leading the Postal Serve and his refusal to commit to preserving the current two-day delivery standard for local first-class mail, a service that is relied upon for delivering everything from medication to tax information. Lowering delivery standards and raising prices is not ‘first class’ treatment. Unfortunately, this is par for the course in what we’ve come to expect from Mr. DeJoy, as was his dismissal of performance data provided by his own agency. Americans need to be able to depend on their Postal Service even as it has become increasingly clear that they cannot depend on this Postmaster General.”

Congressman Krishnamoorthi’s questioning of Postmaster General DeJoy is available here.