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Moran, Davids urge U.S. Postal Service leadership to explain mail delivery delays

By: - April 6, 2023 12:43 pm
The Kansas congressional delegation has mixed feelings about the Trump administrations now-suspended effort to cut costs at the United States Post Office in ways that could jeopardize timely delivery of mail and complicate voting in the November election. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, both of Kansas, sent a bipartisan letter to United States Postal Service administrators inquiring about mail-delivery problems in Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids forwarded a joint letter to United States Postal Service administrators requesting an explanation for slow delivery of mail in Kansas.

Davids, a Democrat serving the 3rd District in the Kansas City area, and Moran, a Republican, asked for an update from postmaster general Louis DeJoy regarding implementation of a law last year to improve the national mail system’s financial stability and consumer reliability.

“In recent months,” Davids said, “our offices have received a growing number of messages from Kansans concerned about missing mail, delayed postal delivery and extended periods with no delivery service at all.”

Moran said Congress one year ago delivered “strong, bipartisan action to improve the USPS” by removing burdensome budget requirements, improved transparency and mandated six-day delivery for mail and packages.

“It is unacceptable that implementation of certain provisions, including the six-day-a-week delivery service, is not being accomplished by USPS,” Moran said.

Davids and Moran voted for the postal service legislation designed to safe the service $27 billion as it became more efficient and effective.

In the past, the senator shared concerned about the adverse impact of declining quality of USPS services, especially on rural portions of the state. He said the Postal Service was “an indispensable piece of infrastructure that can reach nearly every address in America.”

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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International.