The U.S. Postal Service is reportedly reviewing the package delivery fees it charges companies such as Amazon, FedEx and UPS, a frequent sore spot between President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Judiciary chairman hints at subpoenaing Barr Florida election supervisors urge DeSantis to ‘act immediately’ to make voting safe amid pandemic Paul claims Biden ‘caught red-handed’ eavesdropping on Flynn MORE and the agency.
In recent weeks, USPS has sought bids from consulting firms to review its fees, according to the Washington Post, citing six people with knowledge of the situation.
The report comes the week after Louis DeJoy, a longtime Republican donor and finance chair of the 2020 Republican National Convention, was named U.S. postmaster general, while Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, the last senior postal official not appointed by President Trump, announced his resignation Friday.
Trump has frequently accused the agency without evidence of undercharging for package delivery and accused them of giving Amazon, whose founder Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosAmazon extends pay raise to end of May The latest Chinese space launch presents both a problem and an opportunity for NASA Trump ally named next postmaster general MORE owns the Post, preferential treatment. He said he would not allow it access to a $10 billion line of credit approved by Congress unless it increased its package fees.
The president and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOvernight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Hillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups Trump administration to buy 1 million barrels of oil for national stockpile MORE have also sought to attach other terms of the loan, including giving the administration oversight over negotiated service agreements (NSAs), a bulk-discount contract employed by the agency.
Democrats and labor officials have expressed dismay at DeJoy’s appointment, and have suggested he will defer to the Trump administration in leading the traditionally independent agency.
The $3 trillion round of stimulus funding introduced by Democrats this week includes a provision forbidding the Treasury department from attaching conditions to the $10 billion loan, and would also provide another $25 billion in aid to USPS.
“At the very moment House Democrats are trying to rescue the Postal Service by providing emergency cash and removing onerous loan terms, the president and his cronies continue to try and leverage this pandemic to privatize and dismantle the USPS,” said Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyBipartisan lawmakers call for Postal Service relief Overnight Defense: 10,000 more National Guard troops to join coronavirus fight | Democrats float bill to restore Pentagon watchdog to virus oversight panel | Afghanistan releases 100 Taliban prisoners House Democrats propose bill to let sidelined Pentagon watchdog stay on coronavirus oversight panel MORE (D-Va.), chair of the House subcommittee with oversight of USPS.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP Rep. Pete King to buck party, vote for Democrats’ coronavirus relief bill In win for privacy hawks, Senate adds more legal protections to FISA bill The Hill’s Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race MORE (R-Ky.) has signaled that the $25 billion is a nonstarter. However, five Senate Republicans — Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell acknowledges GOP faces ‘challenging’ political environment The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by The American Investment Council – Dems plot CARES 2 bill; infected Pence aide forces VP precautions GOP senators worry Trump, COVID-19 could cost them their majority MORE (Maine), Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsLobbying world Senators request emergency funding for postal service in next coronavirus bill Marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day and paying tribute to Eisenhower’s leadership MORE (Kans.), Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesMcConnell acknowledges GOP faces ‘challenging’ political environment Trump looms as wild card in Senate surveillance fight Our digital privacy is at stake in the Senate MORE (Mont.), Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanRepublicans say Trump should act against financial institutions that are unwilling to fund certain fossil fuel projects Senators request emergency funding for postal service in next coronavirus bill The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Experts increasingly think outdoors is safer MORE (Alaska) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiLawmakers move to boost federal cybersecurity in annual defense bill GOP senators worry Trump, COVID-19 could cost them their majority OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Esper escalates war of words with Warren, Democratic senators | Senate panel plans to skip DHS, VA spending bills MORE (Alaska) — joined five Democrats last week in calling for “significant emergency appropriations” and no-strings-attached borrowing for the agency.
A spokesperson for USPS declined to comment to The Hill.