Washington, D.C. — In a letter to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, U.S. Senator Susan Collins called on him to promptly address the delays in mail delivery—including prescriptions, personal protective equipment, payments, and other essential items—that have occurred following recent operational changes.
“Throughout its 245-year history, the USPS has played a vital role in bringing our country together and moving our economy forward. The Postal Service allows us to remain connected with family and friends and helps small businesses reach their customers,” wrote Senator Collins. “The USPS continues to be a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for seniors, veterans, and those in rural areas who are depending on reliable mail delivery for essential goods and services that might otherwise be unavailable.”
“I share the goal of putting the USPS back on a financially sustainable path; however, this goal cannot be achieved by shortchanging service to the public,” Senator Collins continued. “If left unaddressed, these recent service issues will not only harm my constituents who are counting on timely receipt of mail and packages, but also undermine public trust in the USPS and ultimately harm its long-term financial viability.”
Senator Collins has continuously worked to find common ground on reforms to enable the USPS to reduce operating costs, modernize its business model, and innovate to generate new revenue, without harming its workers or compromising its ability to fulfill the universal service obligation. To help the USPS remain strong amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Collins introduced the bipartisan Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act and is leading efforts to include needed relief for the USPS in the next COVID-19 package.
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