A House Democrat who has advocated for the U.S. Postal Service to electrify its vehicle fleet vowed Thursday to block a contract the service awarded to Oshkosh Corp. earlier this week.
“This is an urgent situation where we cannot allow this contract to go forward,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) said in an interview.
USPS awarded Oshkosh Defense a $6 billion, 10-year contract to manufacture a new fleet of as many as 165,000 postal delivery vehicles with “either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains.” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Wednesday that the service has plans for only 10% of its new truck fleet to be electric.
The lawmaker’s scrutiny adds to pressure on the Postal Service, which has come under fire in recent months for a delivery slowdown under DeJoy. President Joe Biden on Thursday said he wants leaders who can do a “better job” running the service, signaling DeJoy could be at risk of losing his job.