U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) confronted Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Friday during his Senate hearing.
Rosen specifically asked DeJoy about America’s seniors, veterans, and working families, who will suffer the most with the Trump official’s policy changes.
Rosen blasted DeJoy for not doing any studies before implementing strategies he has questionably claimed are designed to save taxpayers money. Among those actions, canceling overtime, removing hundreds of mailboxes and high-volume mail sorting machines.
“Did you conduct any specific analysis on how your changes would impact seniors?” Senator Rosen asked DeJoy, pausing for an answer that did not come.
“Yes or No, sir?”
“So, ma’am, the policy changes that I –” DeJoy began.
“Yes or no, sir?” Rosen interjected.
“The policy changes that I embarked upon were not the ones that you identified in your –” DeJoy began to say.
“So you didn’t do any analysis to see how seniors would be impacted,” Sen. Rosen confirmed. “Okay. Let’s move on. Did you do an analysis to see how veterans might be impacted knowing, knowing that so many of our postal workers are veterans, we employ so many veterans, that they aren’t getting their medication and that they rely on 80%, Did you do a specific analysis to see how veterans would be impacted?”
“The only change that I made was that the trucks leave on time. Theoretically everyone should have got their mail faster,” DeJoy claimed, a statement that can be called into question given the reports of massive backups of mail in postal facilities.
“So you can, can you look me in the eye and all the Nevada veterans in the eye all the Nevada seniors in the eye and tell us that you will not continue in the policies in the future that you know that will harm my seniors, my veterans here in Nevada, and all of our seniors and veterans across this nation? Can you look us in the eye and commit to being sure that they have on time, delivery?” Rosen asked.
“Yes, I can commit to that,” DeJoy responded.
But Sen. Rosen wasn’t done.
“And so did you do any analysis about the fees if mail is late, the late fees that people would get when they pay their rent or their car payment or their utility bill if the mail is slowed down, and the impact that the charges and those fees would have on working families?” she asked. “Is there any analysis about the impact of late delivery by you, on that, sir, yes or no, please.”
“The analysis that we did was that if we move the mail on schedule that all late deliveries would have been improved,” DeJoy claimed.
“That isn’t the case so we need to continue this,” Rosen added.
Take a look at the confrontation in the video clip below:
SEN. ROSEN: Did you analyze how changes to USPS service would impact seniors?
DeJOY: *shakes head negatively*
R: Did you do an analysis about how veterans would be impacted?
DeJOY: The only change I made was that the trucks to leave on time pic.twitter.com/tUmCVc4T0a
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 21, 2020