USPS Police Block Democratic Rep. From Scheduled Visits To Processing Plants
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was denied entry at two mail processing facilities by U.S. Postal Service police on Friday after having scheduled tours. The officers reportedly threatened to escort her from the premises if she refused to leave.
From The Washington Post:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) had arrived at the Royal Palm Processing and Distribution Center in Opa-Locka, Fla., for a 4 a.m. tour to find the parking lot entry roped off with caution tape and a U.S. Postal Inspection Service cruiser blocking the gate. Local Postal Service officials informed her and union leaders waiting to accompany her into the building that national USPS leadership had directed them to bar the group from the building.
At 6:30 a.m., Wasserman Schultz was denied entry at the Miami Processing and Distribution Center 10 miles away by a local Postal Service official as two armed Postal Inspection Service officers stood in front of turnstiles in the lobby.
The Post wrote that the congresswoman "says she notified the mail service of her plans, but the agency says she did not give enough notice."
Wasserman Schultz’s staff notified Postal Service officials early Thursday afternoon of her intent to observe a typical morning mail-processing shift, she said, and followed the same notification procedure as when she visited the Royal Palm facility earlier in the year.
But the Postal Service did not acknowledge that communication until hours later, Wasserman Schultz said, when a member of her staff reached a USPS official by phone. That official said that Wasserman Schultz did not provide sufficient advance notice of her intent to visit and that she would be denied entry.
“I’ve been there before,” Wasserman Schultz said. “I wasn’t told that I had to give any lengthy notice or that there was any rules. So what I did was I decided that I was going to go anyway.”