Press Release

ICYMI: Senator Peter Welch Calls for Improvements to USPS Management, Better Mail Service for Rural Communities

May 4, 2023

Senator Peter Welch (D-VT) joined WCAX and the Gray TV network to call for improved postal service across rural America. Senator Welch, a longtime leader on postal issues, stressed that USPS, under the leadership of Postmaster Louis DeJoy, has failed to convey a plan to address delayed postal service in rural communities, staffing shortages, equipment failures, and other serious challenges.  

“We’re really calling on the postal management to manage,” said Sen. Welch. “Get the personnel, get the systems in place, get the mail delivered.” 

Mail and package deliveries in Vermont and rural communities across the country have slowed in recent months, making it harder for families, seniors, and small businesses to pay their bills, access essential medications, and conduct business. 

Earlier this year, Sen. Welch, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Becca Balint (D-VT) sent two letters to USPS leadership decrying poor service in rural communities and calling for improved delivery across Vermont. This effort followed similar letters in 2020 and 2021

To view the full segment on rural postal issues, please click the image below.