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The Big Picture
Last night, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) filed cloture on the nomination of Anton Hajjar for the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors. Hajjar’s nomination is seen by many as a political kickback from Biden to the postal unions for their support during last year’s election cycle. Hajjar has an extensive background representing the interests of big union interests, most recently as General Counsel of the American Postal Workers Union.
Dive deeper into Hajjar’s entrenched background by reading our letter of opposition here.
In Hajjar, President Biden nominated a candidate who consistently supported the interests of the postal union over the postal service and the American taxpayer.
While serving as an attorney, Hajjar personally engaged in legal action against USPS interests, and worked for the union that opposed the recommendations by the Trump Administration’s White House Task Force on the USPS, which aimed to fix the financial disasters plaguing the agency.
Over the last 14 years, the postal service has lost more than $87 billion, including more than $9 billion last year, and is also expected to lose more than $160 billion over the next decade. Most recently, the USPS suffered an $82 million loss for the second fiscal quarter.
Why it Matters
Hajjar’s entrenched legal career at the behest of big unions will undermine his ability to address the agency’s logistical and financial challenges with an unbiased response.
The USPS is supposed to be a self-sufficient agency that does not rely on the taxpayer. Yet, many politicians and union bosses continue to propose a taxpayer bailout for the USPS. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a ten-year plan to fix the postal service; however, with Anton Hajjar, the American people cannot be certain that he will make the tough, but necessary decisions to ensure the agency makes the right logistical and financial changes for a brighter future.