Democrats Continue To Fight Postal Service Decision To Replace Fleet With Gasoline Fueled Trucks
Congressional House Democrats spearheaded by leaders on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are up in arms over the decision of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to replace its fleet with almost all gasoline powered trucks.
Democrats have asked the USPS’s inspector general to investigate the decision, asserting that USPS violated legal environmental requirements.
Specifically, the lawmakers asked Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb to investigate the independent agency by the White House Council for Environmental Quality and the EPA and the environmental analysis underlying the Postal Service’s purchase plans, which was conducted after its contract for the next-generation delivery vehicles was already awarded.
Ten Republican senators led by Chuck Grassley (IA), John Cornyn (TX) have urged the President to stop pressing for the USPS to change the decisions about their fleet and to look at “the overwhelming evidence of economic, environmental and security benefits of liquid motor fuels produced across the United States.”