Warren and Sanders Call for Postmaster General Louis Dejoy To Be Fired Over 'Partisan Sabotage'

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are continuing to call for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to either be fired or resign amid the continuing controversy over mail-in voting.

Warren continued to attack DeJoy while he appeared before Congress to defend a number of decisions he made regarding the running of the United States Postal Service (USPS) ahead of November's election.

The Massachusetts senator and former 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful went one step further after the USPS Board of Governors publicly backed DeJoy by suggesting they should resign for failing to serve the public.

"The @USPS Board of Governors has a responsibility to serve the public interest. That means delivering the mail on time – not acting as accomplices for the Postmaster General's," Warren tweeted. "If the Board won't fire Louis DeJoy and reverse the damage, they should resign too."

There have been allegations from the Democrats that DeJoy, an ally of Donald Trump, is working with the president to make it more difficult for Americans to vote by mail.

There have also been concerns that the current USPS system would not be able to handle the expected rise of ballots as more people choose to vote by mail as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the key moments from DeJoy's appearance at the GOP-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was him confirming that mailing sorting machines which have already been disconnected across the country will not be reinstalled ahead of November's election, claiming "they're not needed."

This is despite DeJoy admitting that recent changes he implemented had led to mail delays at USPS. This week, DeJoy announced a suspension of services at the USPS in order to avoid "even the appearance of any impact on election mail."

The move was criticized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has "wholly insufficient" which does nothing to reverse the damage "already wreaked" at USPS.

In a series of other tweets, Warren accused DeJoy of having "flat-out lied" to the Senate about the changes he implemented and "rejected the idea of fixing his damage."

"Enough is enough: the Board of Governors must remove DeJoy & reverse his acts of sabotage," she added.

"Postmaster General DeJoy's sabotage of the @USPS threatens families, small businesses, and our democracy. DeJoy never should have been appointed Postmaster General in the first place – now it's time for him to learn what accountability looks like."

Warrens also hit out at DeJoy on her personal Twitter account. "Enough is enough: The Board of Governors must remove Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and reverse the damaging policies he's enacted," Warren tweeted.

The post was retweeted by New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Elsewhere, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders also called for DeJoy to leave his role while tweeting out a KFF article examining how mail-order prescriptions could be affected by the changes in the Postal Service.

"Millions rely on the Postal Service for prescription drugs that treat diabetes, high blood pressure and more," Sanders said.

"Trump's attack on the Postal Service doesn't just threaten our election, it could very well be deadly as well.

"Postmaster General DeJoy must go."

In a statement released on Friday, the USPS Board of Governors confirmed that DeJoy has their "full support."

"He was selected to help bring needed changes to the Postal Service, which has experienced a decade of financial losses and faces the need for fundamental reform," the board added.

"The essential public service functions of the Postal Service must be maintained, and the Postmaster General's reform initiatives will help ensure that they can be for many years to come."

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In this screenshot from U.S. Senate's livestream, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies to virtual Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on U.S. Postal Service operations during Covid-19 pandemic August 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee/Getty