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Sen. Peters launches investigation into Post Office delays, tours Grand Rapids facility

Gary Peters

After launching an investigation earlier this month into the United States Postal Service recent operational changes and slowdowns, Senator and Democrat Gary Peters of Michigan met with officials at a mail processing facility Tuesday afternoon in Grand Rapids.

The visit came after the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing last Friday with recently appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major contributor to President Donald Trump’s campaign efforts.

Critics of DeJoy argue that the recent Post Office slowdowns are an effort to sway the November General Election in favor of President Trump--when mail-in ballots will be a major factor due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Peters said that his investigation however, is about Michiganders who depend on a speedy postal service for their medications.

“It is so important that we get to the bottom of this, really because of the fact that people just rely on delivery of mail every single day," Sen. Peters said. "I know that there is a lot of discussion about the election, but this is about much more than the election, this is about critical medicines being delivered to folks on time.”

Sen. Peters did criticize Postmaster General DeJoy for his lack of transparency and dishonesty over the mail slowdown, and said his office has received nearly 8000 complaints from residents waiting for their mail.

Listen to Gary Peters full press conference below.