Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH)
Today the New Hampshire delegation held a press conference outside the Manchester Processing and Distribution Center to raise their concerns about proposed changes to the facility by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Last week, the delegation sent a letter to Postmaster General DeJoy expressing concerns about plans for the facility that could be damaging to mail service in New Hampshire and urging the USPS to reconsider their plans.
“Granite State families, businesses, and communities rely on the U.S. Postal Service to get their mail, prescriptions, and packages on time. It’s misguided for USPS to consider diverting services from the Manchester processing center which would only exacerbate issues as the USPS works to decrease, and ultimately stop, delayed deliveries,” said Congressman Pappas. “I stand with concerned Granite Staters today to raise alarm about this issue. We must advance solutions that improve delivery times and support workers at USPS – not worsen existing problems.”
“Granite Staters—particularly in rural communities and the elderly —depend on the USPS for prompt and reliable mail and package deliveries,” said Senator Shaheen. “The changes being proposed by USPS to the Manchester Processing and Distribution Center could significantly harm how New Hampshire’s mail is processed by the Postal Service. Today we urged the Postal Service not to do this and I encourage all Granite Staters who are concerned about this potential change to weigh in with the Postal Service.”
“The Manchester Processing and Distribution Center helps ensure that Granite Staters get their mail on time, and there could be significant consequences if it is closed and moved to Boston,” said Senator Hassan. “I am thankful for the opportunity to stand with Granite State postal workers today, because the work that they do for New Hampshire remains as indispensable as ever. Granite Staters deserve timely mail just like any other state, and we cannot risk creating delays in service.”
“New Hampshire families all across our state rely on the Postal Service to deliver everything from their paychecks to their medications – any drastic delays to their service could be devastating and are unacceptable,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Today, I was proud to join with New Hampshire residents and postal workers to demand better from Postmaster DeJoy and formally stand against the backward proposal that would make it harder for Granite Staters to receive their mail.”
The New Hampshire delegation has been stalwart supporters of efforts to improve and reform the USPS, ensuring that Granite Staters receive their mail in a timely manner, no matter what part of the state they live in. In February 2022, Pappas helped pass the Postal Service Reform Act in the House to address long standing financial and structural issues at the USPS and held a virtual roundtable conversation with representatives and leadership from New Hampshire’s postal workers to discuss the importance of the bill. It was signed into law in April 2022.