Media Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Sustainable Business Council is calling on members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Oversight Committee to hold Postmaster General DeJoy accountable for the recent troubling reports of his dismantling of the United States Postal Service since his appointment in June of this year.   

“It is not enough for the Postmaster General to put a temporary ‘halt’ on operational changes at the USPS until after the election. American business owners and individuals have a constitutional right to reliable and trustworthy service from the USPS,” said ASBC Executive Vice President Thomas Oppel. “It is critical that all Americans have their confidence restored in this long-enshrined institution.” 

DeJoy’s recent actions of removing mail-sorting machines and mailboxes across the country would be ill-advised under the best of circumstances. However, given that the United States is in a federal election year in the midst of a health and economic crisis, it is especially detrimental. In an open letter to members of the Senate committee, the ASBC posed several questions it called on Senators to ask Mr. DeJoy at its hearing on Friday, August 21st at 9AM EST. 

“The ASBC represents over 200,000 responsible businesses across the country and is especially concerned with how these recent actions prevent small enterprises from conducting their day-to-day businesses,” said Oppel. “We would like to know how the USPS postmaster plans to ensure no further delays in service, and how he plans to restore hiring and sufficient overtime payroll commitments.”  

Currently, the USPS provides service to 160 million residential and commercial addresses, making it a bedrock service of the American economy. The USPS allows for the equitable flow of goods and communication services through all geographic markets. Of great importance to the ASBC is the fact that 70% of businesses with 10 employees or fewer have been reported as regularly using the USPS over other private courier services, due to a fairer cost and larger area of service provided. Therefore, the USPS is considered an essential service for small businesses in the United States.  

You can find the letter in its entirety here