Hassan expresses concern over USPS sorting machine decision, politicization of U.S. COVID-19 response

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U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) on Aug. 25. Credit/Andrew Sylvia

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced that she has learned the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will not replace sorting machines recently disconnected and sold at Manchester’s USPS Processing and Distribution Center.

Hassan toured the Processing and Distribution Center last week and then took part in a rally outside of the facility with the rest of New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation.

“I saw first-hand the various sorting machines in use, including the machine that broke down in recent weeks. The Postal Service must have backups to prevent delivery delays, and it is indefensible to sell a sorting machine for scrap metal months before an election,” she said. “I will keep doing everything I can to hold the Postmaster General accountable and support postal workers’ efforts to deliver for the American people.”

Recently, Hassan also grilled USPS Postmaster Louis DeJoy in his role regarding the sorting machines as well as other recent changes in the USPS.

Also on Tuesday, Hassan joined with fellow New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen over concerns of political interference in the federal response to COVID-19.

The two senators submitted a letter highlighting recent instances where the Trump Adminstration appeared to put political pressure on public health experts.

A full copy of the letter can be seen below.

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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.