WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) announced today that he has been told by the Postmaster General that the Cumberland mail processing center will remain open to meet overnight delivery standards that Senator Cardin insisted be included in the postal reform bill being considered by the U.S. Senate.
The Senator received a letter from Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe confirming that the Cumberland processing facility will need to remain open to “meet the overnight service standards being proposed in S. 1789.”
Senator Cardin insisted that overnight delivery standards be incorporated in the 21st Century Postal Service Act, S. 1789. The Cumberland facility employees 72 workers and handles approximately 77 million pieces of mail a year.
“We need postal reform, but we need to be smart about how we do it so that we preserve important mail delivery standards that Americans have come to expect,” said Senator Cardin. “I am pleased that the Postmaster General has agreed to maintain overnight delivery and the continuing operation of the Cumberland processing center is necessary to meet that standard. This is a real victory for the residents and businesses in Western Maryland. ”