Progress America / Action Network Petition
(December 11, 2020) — Could you name the Postmaster General before Louis DeJoy?
Before Election Day, did you know what the General Services Administration did?
Because Trump appointees DeJoy and GSA head Emily Murphy took such brazen stances ― slowing down the mail and preventing the Presidential transition from taking place ― they have gained some notoriety. But the truth is, Trump’s appointees are working hard to undermine the organizations that they purport to head.
And while most political appointees traditionally step down when the White House changes hands, and those who stay on usually belong to multi-member agencies like the FTC and SEC where both parties control seats, there are a number of offices filled byright-wing Trump appointees who won’t be going anywhere unless Joe Biden fires them.
Here are just a few of the compromised Trump appointees who plan to stay on:
Andrew Saul, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, abetted Trump’s attempt to defund Social Security’s dedicated funding prior to the election, and is pushing through last-minute regulations that will make it harder for people with disabilities to access their earned benefits.
Kathy Kraninger, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency designed to protect the consumer from big firms, opened doors for those firms to continue to be predators on consumers. Kraninger is not only soft on payday lenders, but she suspended rulemaking, guidance, and enforcement actions at CFPB for nearly two years.
Mark Calabria, head of Federal Housing Finance Agency, wants to return to the bad practices that led to the housing bubble in 2008. Calabria wants to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which the government bailed out in 2008 for $187 billion, making mortgages more expensive and harder to get for working families.
Charles Rettig, Internal Revenue Service Director, blocked the release of Trump’s tax returns while pocketing more than $100,000 per year in fees from a Trump-branded resort he co-owns in Waikiki, HI.
Inspectors General are internal government watchdogs who are charged with helping the government run more efficiently and fairly. Trump fired several IGs as a form of retaliation, like Michael Atkinson for the intelligence community, Steve Linnick for the State Department, and Kristi Grim for the Department of Health and Human Services. Trump replaced them all with loyalists who are determined to undermine the agencies they are supposed to watch over and dangerously politicizes these agencies.
DeJoy, Murphy, and the rest are just the tip of the iceberg. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris cannot allow these Trump loyalists to continue to undermine the public interest!
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