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Chellie Pingree Says Her Office Is Flooded With Postal Service Complaints

Robert F. Bukaty
Associated Press
A man walks by a row of U.S. Postal Service mailboxes on his way to the post office, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Portland, Maine.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District invited constituents to share their personal experiences with the U.S. Postal Service since a series of operational changes were carried out — and she got back more feedback than she expected.

Pingree says more than 2,000 Mainers responded over 24 hours with their stories about delays in the delivery of letters and packages since the “reforms” began.

“People told us that they depend on the mail for their prescriptions, of course farmers expect to be shipped live animals. Businesses, so many of them are shipping things through the mail,” she says.

Pingree says the House has already passed legislation providing financial aid to the Postal Service and reversing some of the policies she believes have led to the delays. She believes that fixing the problems will have broad, bipartisan support in the Congress when both the House and Senate return to work after Labor Day.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.