Rep. Burchett raises concerns with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., (March 27, 2024) – For months, U.S. Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) has asked the United States Postal Service (USPS) to answer questions about its mail processing facility review process and whether distribution operations will be relocated from Knoxville, Tennessee to Louisville, Kentucky. Yesterday, Rep. Burchett was able to connect with U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to discuss his concerns.

"I sent my initial letter in December, and while I'm glad I got the opportunity to speak with Postmaster DeJoy on the phone, it honestly shouldn’t have taken this long,” said Rep. Burchett.

Postmaster Dejoy shared details on how he is working to make USPS more efficient and assured Rep. Burchett of the importance of the Knoxville facility.

“I was able to raise my concerns with the possible relocation of local distribution operations and encourage him and his team to share his plans with the public as soon as possible,” Rep. Burchett said. “It was a productive conversation not only about my thoughts on the Knoxville facility but also regarding our overworked and understaffed mail carriers.”

Additionally, Rep Burchett was able to address mounting issues at the Maryville Post Office as well as other widespread mail delivery concerns across East Tennessee.

“When I hear from a senior that didn’t get their prescription drugs on time or that delays are impacting a small business owner’s bottom line, that’s when I get really ticked off,” Rep. Burchett added.

Rep. Burchett serves on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, one of the congressional committees with jurisdiction over the postal service.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Postmaster Dejoy on making sure USPS prioritizes the needs of East Tennesseans,” said Rep. Burchett.

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