Congressman Kim Calls for Answers on Post Office Delays

July 21, 2020
Press Release


Congressman Kim Calls for Answers on Post Office Delays

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) called on U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to provide answers to why a number of constituents throughout New Jersey’s Third Congressional District have had mail delivery, including the delivery of critical medicines, delayed for multiple days.

“Many of my constituents have rightly contacted my office to express frustration and concern about ongoing mail delivery delays, some of whom have not received their medications and first-class mail for more than three days,” said Congressman Kim in a letter to Postmaster General DeJoy, which can be read here. “As I am sure you understand, I find these reports deeply concerning and worry that they are a direct result of your new directives.”

The delays come days after a report in the Washington Post that the U.S. Postal Service, “established major operational changes Monday that could slow down mail delivery.” In April, Congressman Kim called immediate Congressional action to sustain funding for the U.S. Postal Service and to avoid service cuts.

In the letter, Congressman Kim outlined the following questions to the Postmaster General:

  1. What specific operational changes have been mandated and why?
  2. What will the impact of these new changes be on service delivery standards? 
  3. How will the USPS ensure that service delivery standards are met? 
  4. What staffing shortages exist and what, if any, efforts are being made to eliminate them? 
  5. How has the Coronavirus crisis impacted staffing, mail volumes, and operations? 
  6. What measures is the USPS taking to protect the integrity of our democratic elections, ensure ballots are handled securely and being delivered on time?

Congressman Kim is a member of the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, where he serves as one of twelve members of the House tasked with conducting oversight over programs aimed at ending the Coronavirus pandemic and helping address the economic impact it’s having on the American people. Congressman Kim is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Small Business. More information about Congressman Kim can be found on his website by clicking here