Rep. Wasserman Schultz blocked from ambushing a Florida mail facility without an appointment

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Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the disgraced former chair of the Democrat National Committee, showed up at a United States Postal Service facility at 4:00 am early Friday morning and then cried to the media after being denied entry.

“Caution tape was reportedly placed over a gate in the early morning hours at the first facility visited in Opa-locka to block entry when Wasserman Schultz arrived around 4 a.m.,” Miami news station WTVJ reported

“I was just told that I’m not allowed on the Postal Service property because I haven’t followed proper protocol,” the congresswoman said to the outlet.

“This is an outrage, an absolute outrage. If they think they are going to throw a bed sheet over what’s going on behind these doors, they are mistaken.”

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According to the congresswoman, when she visited the same facility in February, she was allowed entry.

Not mentioned by either the congresswoman or station WTVJ is the fact that the coronavirus pandemic began to hit the U.S. around that time. But whereas the daily new deaths from the pandemic were zero then, as of Friday they were at 1,033.

(Source: Worldometers)

The congresswoman tried visiting another USPS facility in Northwest Miami-Dade not too long after her first attempt but was again denied entry.

Tagging along with her during both failed visits was National Postal Mail Handlers Union president Nicholas Mosezar.

“Hours ago, that tape wasn’t there. All of a sudden today security is a priority, yet this is one of the worst secured facilities in this state,” he said of the first visit to the USPS facility in Opa-locka.

Wasserman Schultz has claimed she’s received proof from Mosezar’s union members that something’s afoot at these facilities.

Apparently, both facilities contain large stacks of undelivered, delayed mail.

“Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she requested entry into two South Florida mail-sorting facilities to get a first-hand look at what’s causing slowdowns in the U.S. Postal Service. The Congresswoman sits on the Oversight Committee with jurisdiction over the Postal Service,” WTVJ reported.

Complaints of delays and slowdowns have increased amid the coronavirus pandemic, with USPS union members in other cities and states also complaining about stacks of undelivered mail piling up in their respective facilities.

These delays are reportedly the result of cuts that were made to the USPS’s operations by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Speaking before the USPS Board of Governors earlier this month, he seemed to defend the need for cuts by pointing to both his predecessor’s mismanagement and Congress’s refusal to provide the agency with the extra funding needed to survive the pandemic.

“Our financial position is dire, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, a broken business model and a management strategy that has not adequately addressed these issues. As a result, the Postal Service has experienced over a decade of financial losses, with FY 2019 approaching $9 billion and 2020 closing in on $11 billion in losses,” he said.

As we have repeatedly stated, Congress and the Postal Regulatory Commission have long delayed much needed legislative and regulatory reforms to help address the situation.”

Wasserman Schultz is a member of Congress …

In a statement, the congresswoman reportedly blamed DeJoy for her being denied entry into two USPS facilities early Friday morning.

“Postmaster (Louis) DeJoy has already obstructed the committee by failing to provide requested documents in a timely way. Now he’s denying Congress access to public facilities,” she reportedly said in a statement after Friday’s incident.

“There are no children, defense secrets or sick patients behind those doors. Denying Congress access to the facilities, is denying the vital public oversight of our mail system.”

But USPS spokesperson Debra J. Fetterly said in a statement to WTVJ that the denials were simply an issue of needing more time to set up a tour.

“The Postal Service welcomes visits from members of Congress at our facilities, and we routinely arrange for tours. We learned late yesterday afternoon that Representative Wasserman Schultz wanted to arrange for a tour at 4:00 am this morning,” she said.

“We spoke with her staff to explain that we were unable to set up the tour on such short notice, but would be happy to accommodate her at another time.”

The incident occurred only two days after the House Oversight Committee reportedly subpoenaed DeJoy for missing an Aug. 26th deadline. In a statement, USPS seemed to attribute the missed deadline to a need for more time to get things together.

“We remain surprised and confused by Chairwoman [Carolyn] Maloney’s insistence on issuing a subpoena to the Postal Service in the midst of ongoing dialogue with her staff on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to produce information in an orderly fashion,” the agency reportedly said.

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