DelBene, Larsen Call for Answers Around Persistent Postal Delays, Workforce Shortages in Northwest Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2023
This week, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Rick Larsen (WA-02) called for answers about persistent mail delays reported to both offices in Northwest Washington during the December holiday period. In a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, DelBene and Larsen called for the United States Postal Service (USPS) to expeditiously address delays and mail failures. The lawmakers had previously written to DeJoy in July about widespread mail delays in the region.
“Following our July letter, we continued to receive regular reports of delayed mail across the region. Starting in mid December, we increasingly heard a number of constituent complaints of significant daily mail delivery delays and complete lack of service in parts of Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and other areas of Whatcom County,” the lawmakers wrote. “While brief delays due to weather and the busy holiday period are understandable, many constituents reported no mail delivery for over a week.”
DelBene and Larsen also emphasized their concerns about hiring challenges USPS is experiencing statewide.
“In our July letter, we requested updates on USPS’s efforts to increase staffing amid severe workforce shortages,” they continued. “Though we appreciate the steps you outlined to us and subsequent actions USPS has taken to increase hiring in Northwest Washington, including local hiring days and a statewide hiring fair in December, these efforts are clearly insufficient as delays in mail delivery continue.”
The lawmakers asked DeJoy to promptly address the following concerns:
Read the full letter here.