In Friday’s earling morning hours, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempted to enter two USPS sorting facilities in Florida, and was blocked by US Postal Service police. She was threatened to be escorted off the premises if she didn’t leave.
The Florida Democrat, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said she aimed to inspect a mail plant in Opa-locka and Northwest Miami-Dade. Wasserman Schultz said union members told her about conditions at the processing centers and shared pictures that showed pallets of undelivered mail marked with a receipt date of “July 23.”
Her office said that those photos were delivered to her earlier in the week and raised further questions about the leadership of Louis DeJoy, a Trump ally. The mail service and hold-up has been under scrutiny while millions have failed to receive financial documents, prescriptions, and on-line orders.
The postal service says Wasserman Schultz was not allowed entry because she did not provide enough notice of her visit. An aide told NBC News that the congressional office notified the Postal Service at 1:30pm on Thursday that a visit was intended. Adding that they weren’t asking for permission, the aide said the short notice was intentional so the facility was not able to prepare for the visit.
Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Sen. Gary Peters, both Michigan Democrats, visited a similar facility in Michigan last month. An aide to Peters said Friday that local union leaders had told the two members of Congress that the plant had been intentionally cleared of delayed mail because of their impending arrival.
See the story at NBC News.