Maryland Congressional Delegation Calls on USPS Leadership to Speed Up Mail Delivery, Clear Postal Backlog and Account for Lost Letters and Packages

“There Are No Excuses for the Widespread Breakdown of USPS Mail Delivery Across Our State”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2021
CONTACT: Natalie Young |
natalie.young@mail.house.gov |
(202) 225-4016  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation on Monday morning for a virtual meeting with U.S. Postal Service (USPS) officials about the major mail delivery problems affecting communities throughout the state.

The meeting was requested by the Maryland Congressional Delegation. It included USPS Chief Logistics and Processing Operations Officer Isaac Cronkhite. During the conversation, the Delegation pressed USPS leadership to fully address the extensive incidents of lost mail and the ongoing delivery delays that have harmed Maryland families, seniors, small businesses, local governments and rural communities.

“We have serious concerns about Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s ‘restructuring’ plans, which have significantly slowed delivery times, undermined hardworking letter carriers and degraded public trust in the Postal Service,” the lawmakers said. “As a delegation, we want the USPS to succeed in its mission and have the resources necessary to meet the performance standards Americans have come to expect. Marylanders rely on the timely delivery of mail and packages – especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

The lawmakers added: “Maryland has experienced one of the worst postal backlogs in the country, and there are no excuses for the widespread breakdown of mail delivery. The USPS was ill-prepared for the increased volume and ended up putting letters and packages in trailers because it lacked sufficient dock and platform space at its distribution facilities. The mail got stuck there. The pandemic may have been novel, but the December holidays mail increase was highly predictable. The USPS, in Maryland and beyond, must do a better job anticipating local and national surges in volume. We will be following Maryland delivery performance and expect regular reports showing significant improvements, returning delivery to acceptable standards in every community across our state. We will not stop fighting for our constituents until these problems are addressed.”

Congressman Sarbanes and the Maryland Delegation recently urged Postmaster General DeJoy and local USPS officials to improve mail delivery for Marylanders.

Congressman Sarbanes also criticized Postmaster General DeJoy during an Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in February and called for his removal.

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