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Rep. DeFazio Urges Prompt Ouster Of Trump's Postmaster General

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A Trump-era administrator remains in place as the Postmaster General for the U.S. Postal Service. But critics like Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio says their time is at hand.

Note: In response to this story, a USPS spokesman wished to clarify that presidents do not directly appoint their Postmaster General, but members of the USPS Governing Board do.  The members themselves are appointed by presidents,  but the spokesman adds that the board "is specifically designed to be nonpartisian and not subject to political influence."  

Louis DeJoy is a Trump megadonor whose appointment last year caused controversy. While delivery has slowed and rates may increase, DeJoy has insisted his actions are to streamline the USPS. 

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Mail trucks in downtown Eugene.

President Biden has recently made three appointments to the agency’s governing board.  Once approved by the Senate, they can act to remove DeJoy.

U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio is anxious to see DeJoy gone.

“I have urged the president to fire him outright," DeFazio told KLCC.  "I mean yeah, he has a fixed term, yeah, it’s supposed to be independent.  Hey…Trump fired people from independent agencies.  He fired IGs and everything else who were supposed to be truly independent, we can get rid of this jerk.” 

Even if DeJoy is removed, the USPS will likely be caught in partisan debate over mail-in ballots.  DeFazio and other Congressional Democrats maintain vote-by-mail is fair and consistent.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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