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White House says it's responding to pressure to act fast on USPS problems

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The White House is working to quickly fill the vacant seats on the Postal Service Board of Governors.

"President Biden has made clear his feelings on the current leadership of the Postal Service and the challenges it faces, and his team is working as quickly as possible to fill board vacancies so the USPS can effectively fulfill its vital mission for the country, and live up to the commitments made to its workers, " Biden spokesperson Michael Gwin told CNN.

As the administration works to assure lawmakers with promises of action, another Democratic lawmaker is putting pressure on President Joe Biden to remove embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. In a letter sent Friday, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley slammed DeJoy for his "failed leadership," accusing him of sabotaging the agency through changes that slowed down mail delivery.

Earlier this week, scores of Democratic lawmakers sent two separate letters to DeJoy and Biden, filled with grievances about the Postmaster General and urging the President to take action amid months of complaints over mail delivery delays.

That letter was sent after a group of 80 House Democrats sent a separate letter to Biden on Tuesday in which they urged him to fill vacancies on the board of governors so new members can "seriously consider" DeJoy's future.

Only the Postal Service Board of Governors -- which is comprised of members nominated by the President and confirmed in the Senate -- has the power to do so, and DeJoy continues to have the support of the Trump-appointed board.

In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for the Postal Service said the agency "will welcome all qualified members to the board -- a decision reserved for the President and the Senate, who are tasked with nominating and confirming board members. "

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