U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on Passage of Provision to Potentially Delay Cherrybell Closure

TUCSON – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after the Committee on Appropriations voted to restore postal service delivery standards to July 1, 2012, potentially delaying the proposed closure of the Cherrybell Processing & Distribution Center in Tucson. The vote to restore postal service delivery standards to July 2012 is significant as it would require delivery of First class mail within 2-3 days.


“We’ve been working tirelessly to highlight in Congress and locally the devastating impact that closing the Cherrybell Facility would have on our community, and passage of this provision is a clear sign those efforts are having an impact,” said Rep. McSally. “We still have much work to do, but this is a positive sign that progress is being made. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and locally to advocate for the Cherrybell Facility and make sure that the voices of Southern Arizonans are heard.”


Earlier this week, the Committee on Appropriations approved an amendment to its Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Services Bill to restore mail delivery standards to July 1, 2012. That bill passed the committee 30-20 and awaits a full vote by the House.


In April, Rep. McSally attended a roundtable with Vice Mayor Fimbres and local leaders about coordinating local and federal efforts in support of the Cherrybell Facility’s continued operation. She also led a bipartisan effort in March by members of the Arizona delegation to call on Postmaster General Megan Brennan to revisit decisions that would consolidate operations at the Cherrybell Facility and see the facility’s impacts first-hand.