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Sen. Jerry Moran urges U.S. postmaster to work with Congress on bipartisan reform

By: - August 18, 2020 1:14 pm
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TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran asked the nation’s postmaster general Tuesday to immediately engage with Congress to address financial challenges at the U.S. Postal Service that carry life-or-death consequences and potential for disrupting the November election.

Moran, a Republican, sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requesting that he work with federal lawmakers on comprehensive reform to stabilize the USPS and protect integrity of the nation’s mail delivery system.

“Serving a rural state like Kansas, I understand well the crippling impact that losing the Postal Service would have on rural communities across the country,” Moran said in a letter to the Postal Service’s new postmaster. “Many of the necessary reforms needed to secure the Postal Service require congressional action, rather than unilateral decisions made without the input of stakeholders and Congress.”

“Kansans have expressed grave concern with recent mail delays, especially those waiting for prescription deliveries as timely delivery is often a matter of life and death,” the senator said.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, the state’s lone Democrat in the federal delegation, called for DeJoy to be removed from his post by President Donald Trump. She said attempts by the Trump administration to “sabotage the Postal Service for their own political gain” was unacceptable.

She said hundreds of Kansans had shared concern about disruption of the mail system that caused delays in delivery of prescription medication and disruption of business communication with customers. She said the Postal Service belatedly agreed to suspend a plan that removed mail sorting machines.

“I look forward to the House coming back into session this week to help protect the USPS from these attacks and ensure that it has the resources needed to help people send and receive mail during this pandemic,” Davids said.

Moran said he requested a meeting with DeJoy in June, but was told the postmaster didn’t intend to engage with Congress at that time. He said urgent threats facing the Postal Service should have spurred DeJoy into discussions with Congress and the White House.

The impending presidential election and the challenges of COVID-19 make it “imperative that your engagement with Congress begins immediately” to advance bipartisan reform legislation, Moran said.

During the past three sessions of Congress, Moran has collaborated with colleagues in the Senate and House on legislation that would put the service on better financial footing, improve service and enhance transparency.



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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. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.