House Democrats seek taxpayer funding for all-electric USPS delivery trucks
By Bill McAllister, Washington Correspondent
It looks like the United States Postal Service may have found a way to purchase a fleet of fully electric delivery trucks.
the Washington post On May 9, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives announced a plan to have taxpayers spend up to $ 6 billion on trucks.
This would respond to President Joe Biden’s wish for the federal government to stop buying gasoline vehicles and to Post Minister Louis DeJoy’s tacit request for help with the fleet.
DeJoy said he wanted the postal service to remain self-sufficient, but told Congress the agency couldn’t afford a fully electric fleet.
His plan calls for only 10% of the fleet to be electric despite Biden’s desire to switch to electric vehicles.
This shocked a number of Democrats in the House. They are pressuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve a large credit to finance the postal fleet, according to the Washington post.
The newspaper said 50 House members support the plan and the USPS appears to be receptive to the idea.
On May 11, Representative Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Representative Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Chairman of the House Committee on Transport and Infrastructure, sent letters to Biden and Pelosi asking for their support for a fully electric postal delivery fleet.
Maloney and DeFazio cited the support of more than 50 House members for the request.
Postal officials have wanted new trucks for years, but funding such a massive investment has been a major hurdle for the deficit-ridden agency.
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