Update: USPS & Oversight of Trump's DHS and DOD
This week, all eyes are on the Postal Service. On Saturday, the House ended our District Work Period early and came back to pass my Delivering for America Act. On Monday, I chaired a Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing with Postmaster General DeJoy and Chairman of the Board of Governors Robert Duncan. Following the hearing, I introduced the Nonpartisan Postmaster General Act. In case you missed it, I also delivered the Democratic Weekly Address ahead of Saturday’s vote. You can watch that here.
On Wednesday, I joined with Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, and Oversight Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Stephen Lynch in asking the Department of Defense’s Inspector General to launch an investigation based on a new complaint alleging a campaign of retaliation against Army Lieutenant Colonels Alexander S. Vindman and Yevgeny Vindman.
On Thursday, I joined with Committee on Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson to request that the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General review the legality of actions taken by Chad Wolf as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and Ken Cuccinelli as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary. Also on Thursday, I released a memo updating Oversight Committee members on the status of the committee’s investigations related to our subpoena to the President’s accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP.
More on all this below.
Protecting the USPS
|Watch Chairwoman Maloney's floor speech ahead of the House's vote on the Delivering for America Act here.|
On Saturday, the House passed my Delivering for America Act with a bipartisan vote of 257-150. Twenty-six Republicans joined House Democrats in support of the USPS, of the $25 billion the Trump-appointed Board of Governors unanimously requested, and of the provisions to roll back the changes made under Postmaster General DeJoy. You can watch my floor speech urging my colleagues to vote yes on the bill here, and read a transcript here.
On Monday, Postmaster General DeJoy and Board of Governors Chairman Duncan testified before the Oversight Committee. Importantly, when confronted with the facts, Postmaster General DeJoy finally admitted, on the record, that the delays at USPS are widespread and affecting people in every state. He finally acknowledged that these delays are not just a “dip” or a temporary setback. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) also got him to agree, on the record, to lift limits on overtime pay ahead of the election so that postal workers can stay on the clock to get the job done. You can read more about key takeaways from the hearing here and watch the full hearing here.
On Tuesday, I introduced the Nonpartisan Postmaster General Act in response to President Trump’s politicization of the Postal Service. The bill would prohibit the Postal Service Board of Governors, the Postmaster General, and the Deputy Postmaster General from holding any political position while in office, as well as restrict nominees for Postmaster General and Deputy Postmaster General to those who have not engaged in political activities in the four years prior to their appointments—ensuring that these positions are filled by qualified experts rather than political operatives. You can read more about the bill here.
Requesting an Investigation into Alleged Retaliation Against the Vindman Brothers
On Wednesday, I wrote to Sean O’Donnell, Acting Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DOD IG), urging him to open an investigation into what appears to have been a concerted effort by the Trump Administration to retaliate against U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonels (LTC) Alexander S. Vindman and Yevgeny Vindman. You can read the full letter from me, Rep. Adam Schiff, Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Rep. Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security, here.
Requesting an Investigation into the Legality of Recent DHS Actions
On Thursday, I joined with Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, to request that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari expeditiously review the matters referred to it by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its legal decision determining that the appointments of Chad Wolf as the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and Ken Cuccinelli as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary were illegal. Among the matters for review referred by GAO is DHS’s suspension of New Yorkers’ ability to enroll or re-enroll in Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler programs in February 2020. Read more about our request here.
Memo on the Oversight Committee’s Subpoena of Mazars USA LLP
Yesterday, I sent a memorandum to Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform providing an update on the status of the Committee’s investigations related to our April 15, 2019 subpoena to the President’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, LLP, following the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP.
The Supreme Court’s opinion reaffirmed the bedrock principle in our democracy that no one—not even the President—is above the law. This memorandum provides an update on the status of the Committee’s investigations and potential legislative reforms that would be advanced by the Mazars subpoena and have been harmed by the President’s delays. It also explains why the Committee’s subpoena satisfies the Supreme Court’s new four-factor analysis for evaluating Congress’s need for the President’s personal information.
You can read the full memo here.
Snapshot from NY-12
The new ferry route connecting Astoria to Manhattan is finally open.
This new route will streamline commutes for countless people who work in the medical industry on the East Side of Manhattan and in the growing number of startups and established companies moving to western Queens.
Importantly, it will be particularly beneficial to residents of public housing in Long Island City and Astoria, who are currently underserved by traditional public transportation options.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress