September 01, 2020

U.S. Postal Service Tells Senator Hassan That Manchester Sorting Machines Will Not Be Reconnected

Senator Hassan: “It is indefensible to sell a sorting machine for scrap metal months before an election”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the U.S. Postal Service confirmed to her office that it would not reconnect sorting machines that have been taken offline at the Manchester Processing and Distribution Center.

 

“As Granite State postal workers do everything that they can to get mail delivered on time and safely during this unprecedented pandemic, the Trump administration is creating confusion and chaos. When I toured the Manchester Processing and Distribution Center last week, I saw first-hand the various sorting machines in use, including the machine that broke down in recent weeks. The Postal Service must have backups to prevent delivery delays, and it is indefensible to sell a sorting machine for scrap metal months before an election. I will keep doing everything I can to hold the Postmaster General accountable and support postal workers’ efforts to deliver for the American people.”

 

Senator Hasan pressed Postmaster General on this issue when he testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on August 21. Last week, the Senator toured the Manchester Processing and Distribution Center to see the various machines and hear from postal supervisors. She has separately spoken with postal employees about their concerns with the Postmaster General’s recent changes.  

 

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