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A Florida congresswoman was blocked from visiting two USPS mail sorting facilities amid concerns for delayed mail delivery


Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

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Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that she was barred from entry into two USPS mail sorting facilities.

After seeing alarming pictures of delayed mail, some pieces undelivered since July, I arranged a tour of So Fla to see how idle sorting machines have impacted workflow. But when I arrived this AM I was greeted with police tape and armed guards blocking my entry. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/VJu68vgQhP

— Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@RepDWStweets) September 4, 2020

A member of the Oversight Committee, Wasserman Schultz told NBC News that it is her duty to look into the USPS facilities, as concerns for delayed mail delivery continue to heighten.   

Last month, USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified to the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, which Wasserman Schultz is part of. Lawmakers have questioned DeJoy for his various cost-cutting measures such as cutting overtime for postal service workers, cutting post office hours, and displacing some mail collection boxes, as delays in mail delivery cause concern for mail-in-ballots in the upcoming election. 

To contend to these concerns and inspect the facilities, Wasserman Schultz arrived early morning for a 4 am tour of a mail processing and distribution center in Opa-Locka, which is within 20 minutes driving distance of Miami, according to The Washington Post. The Post reported that the parking lot entry was roped off with caution tape and local postal service officials told Wasserman that USPS leadership had ordered them to prevent her from entry. 

Wasserman Schultz was denied entry again at 6:30 am when she visited a different sorting facility in Miami, The Post reported. 

A spokesperson for USPS said that they did not allow the congresswoman from entering because she did not notify them with enough time in advance, according to NBC News. A congressional aid said that they had notified the USPS early afternoon of the day before her visit, and explained they intentionally requested on short notice for fear that facilities would hide problems during the congresswoman’s visit, NBC News reported. 

“It wasn’t a request,” Wasserman Schultz told the  Post. “It was a notification.”

The congresswoman added that when she had previously visited the facilities earlier on in the year, she was not made aware of any lengthy visitation policies, the Post and NBC News reported. 

“Denying Congress access to the facilities is denying the vital public oversight of our mail system,” Wasserman Schultz told NBC News. 

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