Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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The Villages

Addressing Post Office backlogs

Congressman Daniel Webster

Last week I sent a letter with my colleagues in Congress to the U.S. Postmaster General regarding some operational changes being made without proper Congressional oversight.

Fulfilling a service required by the U.S. Constitution, the U.S Postal Service (USPS) has provided reliable mail delivery to Americans since our nation’s inception. Some USPS documents made public in July included language about staff overtime cuts, transportation changes and letter carrier limitations.

These proposed guidelines cause concern and could lead to serious mail delays during a time USPS is already experiencing COVID-19 related delays.

USPS representatives have stated these changes are not official, despite reports from unions and letter carriers that these changes were being implemented. Our letter asked the Postmaster General to properly adhere to Congressional oversight rules, consult with employees, and immediately issue a directive to Postal offices and employees that the publicized changes were not approved and should not go into effect.

This letter helped open serious dialogue about the state of USPS. I am confident that Congress and USPS can work together to find solutions that will improve operations during this pandemic and into the future.

Congressman Daniel Webster represents The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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