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U.S. Senators Capito, Manchin announce USPS pauses planned changes to mail delivery network

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WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service (USPS) has committed to pausing its planned changes to mail delivery networks until January 1, 2025.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s decision is a direct response to the letter Senators Manchin and Capito, along with their bipartisan colleagues, sent, which expressed concern over the impacts that these changes have already had on timely mail delivery in communities across the country, including West Virginia.

“I’m glad Postmaster DeJoy has heeded our repeated, bipartisan calls to pause these changes to the USPS’s mail delivery network, which would jeopardize timely mail delivery in communities across West Virginia and our entire country. It is essential we understand the full impact of these proposed changes, especially on our hardworking postal employees, before moving forward on their implementation. I will continue working with the Postal Service and my bipartisan colleagues to protect reliable mail service for all West Virginians and Americans,” said Senator Manchin.

This effort was led by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.).

The response from Postmaster DeJoy, sent to U.S. Senator Gary Peters, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, can be found here.

A timeline of Sen. Capito’s efforts can be found here.

A timeline of Sen. Manchin’s efforts can be found below:

On May 8, 2024, Senator Manchin joined his bipartisan colleagues in calling on the USPS to pause planned changes to its processing and delivery network.

On April 17, 2024, Senator Manchin led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to express his opposition to the USPS’s recent nationwide consolidation and review announcements.

On April 2, 2024, Senator Manchin released a statement on the USPS’s decision to convert the Charleston P&DC into a LPC.

On February 27, 2024, Senator Manchin submitted a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to express his concern with the initial findings of the Mail Processing Facility Review.

On February 15, 2024, Senator Manchin published an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette Mail on the importance of protecting services at the facility.

On February 1, 2024, Senator Manchin released a statement on the USPS’s initial findings for the Mail Processing Facility Review.

On December 14, 2023, Senator Manchin submitted a public comment to the USPS to express his support for the Charleston postal facility and its employees.

On December 8, 2023, Senator Manchin visited the Charleston postal facility to support the workers and reaffirm his commitment to keeping West Virginia mail services in the state.

On December 2, 2023, Senator Manchin released a statement after speaking with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about the Mail Processing Facility Review.

On November 29, 2023, Senator Manchin released a statement on the USPS’s decision to conduct the Mail Processing Facility Review.

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