Livonia, Mich. –Sen. Gary Peters still has not answered why financial problems at USPS were not addressed in “months, not years,” as he pledged in 2016, or why nothing was done in March of 2019 to resolve service delays in Michigan. Now he’s talking big again in 2020.
During the 2016 hearing Obama-appointed Postmaster General Meghan Brennan, who led USPS from October 2014 to January 2020, laid out the following troubling facts:
- In 2015 alone, USPS posted losses of $5.1B
- USPS’s ongoing financial shortfalls had causes USPS to cut back hours, staffing and the consolidation of “more than 20,000 delivery routes and 360 facilities.”
Peters’ fully realized the ramifications of Brennan’s report at the time, responding, “As you cut costs and close facilities and do these types of things, it is going to have an impact on service, and we have to figure out a way so that that does not happen, so that we are not in this death spiral.”
In a follow-up hearing in 2019, Peters noted, that unresolved financial problems were causing delivery problems for Michiganders: “A Postal processing facility was closed in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 2015 due to the Postal Service’s realignment and its financial situation, and I have heard from Michiganders who have experienced service delays and other problems as a result of some of these decisions.”
Still, Peters did nothing.
Sen. Peters has been in politics for 30 years, and the fact that a third of the state had no idea who he was until an election year is evidence he is not a leader,” said John James, candidate for U.S. Senate. “Sen. Peters has proven time and time again that he prioritizes his reelection over results for the people.”