David C. Williams, former vice chair of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, testified before the Congressional Progressive Caucus today that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin played a direct and heavy-handed role in recent changes to postal policy that have led to a critical slowdown in mail service before the election.
“Treasury was using its responsibility to make demands that I believe would turn the Postal Service into a political tool,” Williams said in his opening statement.
According to the testimony, Mnuchin used leverage gained from a CARES Act provision that offered the Postal Service a $10 billion line of credit. Under the CARES Act, passed unanimously by the Senate and by a voice vote in the House in March, the Treasury Department may lend the $10 billion “upon terms and conditions mutually agreed upon by [Mnuchin] and the Postal Service.” Mnuchin used this opportunity, Williams said, to pressure the Board of Governors to make operational changes, including measures that the new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, has instituted. Mnuchin was “keenly interested“ in labor agreements, postal pricing, and contractural agreements made with private shipping partners like Amazon, FedEx, and UPS.
Well isn't that interesting.
In other related news, the USPS has told it's workers to not speak to the press about what they're seeing and hearing and they're not hooking the sorting machines back up that were removed (most were already destroyed, but some are still on the floor just not hooked up to anything) and it appears that they're still removing machines despite the claims that they were going to stop.This post was edited by Arsenic_Touch on Aug 20 2020 03:19pm