House Dems to Force a Vote on Pausing USPS’ Vehicle Contract

The U.S. Postal Service could soon face its strongest pressure yet to pause its contract to overhaul its fleet, with House Democrats scheduling a preliminary vote to require the mailing agency to further assess purchasing electric vehicles.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee, will introduce and hold a vote on the Ensuring an Accurate Postal Fleet Electrification Act on Wednesday. The measure would invalidate the existing environmental impact study USPS conducted on its contract with Oshkosh Defense to buy primarily internal combustion engine vehicles and force it to conduct a new one. Oshkosh will manufacture up to 165,000 trucks and earn billions of dollars under the contract, though only 10% of the vehicles will be electric under postal management’s existing commitment.

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Great, another delay on getting new vehicles. If the USPS is supposed to run like a business but Congress always seems to get in the the way by thinking they know better on how to deliver mail. When we have a 100% fleet of electric cars and if those batteries don’t charge or keep a charge, how do you deliver mail by horse back? I think even 10% of the fleet being electric is too much. Maybe 50 to 75 years from now there will be alternatives to fossil fuels but right now we need gas powered delivery vehicles.