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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence Sends Letter to Trump Calling on Board of Governors of the USPS to be Filled

May 8, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI) led a bipartisan group, including Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings, and Representatives Mark Meadows, Gerald E. Connolly, Dennis A. Ross, and Stephen F. Lynch sending a letter to President Trump asking for the appointment of Governors to the United States Postal Service Board of Governors.

“Governors to the United States Postal Service BOG make critical decisions regarding the postal service that have a direct impact on millions of Americans. With nine vacancies; this crucial body of decision makers need a full functioning body to adequately serve the America people.

“Following the departure of the last Senate-confirmed Governor, the Postal Service is operating under the authority of the Temporary Emergency Committee (TEC). Unfortunately, the TEC is unable to fulfill several of the crucial management responsibilities that are reserved to a quorum of Governors. With the end of the fiscal year quickly approaching, it is imperative that the Board of Governors be filled as soon as possible to prevent an unprecedented legal dilemma for the Postal Service. That is why I, along with the original co-sponsors of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, urge President Trump to appoint Governors to the United States Postal Service Board of Governors as soon as possible.”

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Background:

There are 9 presidentially appointed seats on the USPS Board of Governors (BOG) – all nine are currently vacant. The Postmaster General and the Deputy Postmaster General also serve on the Board, but are appointed by the Board, not the President.  So we essentially have two sitting members on an 11-member board.  Six members are required to achieve a quorum.  No more than five of the nine presidentially appointed members of the board may be from the same political party, with the President’s party in the majority.  That means President Trump can nominate five Republicans and four Democrats.