Rep. Steny Hoyer Thanks At-Risk Maryland Postal Workers in Ricin Case

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-MD, calls Maryland postal workers selfless for the risks they sometimes face in national letter threats.


Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-MD, (Dist. 5) Wednesday thanked Maryland postal workers, some of whom may face increased risk in cases of dangerous substances being mailed in threats against Washington officials.

Federal investigators searched a mail sorting facility in Prince George's County Tuesday night for clues to the origins of a ricin-laced letter sent to Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, according to The Washington Post.

The U.S. Senate's mail sorting operation is located at 6330 Columbia Park Road in Landover. An FBI spokesperson would not divulge the location of the bureau's investigation, but several outlets published images of hazmat trucks parked outside of the Landover facility on Tuesday.

Hoyer issued the following statement thanking Maryland postal workers late Wednesday:

As Capitol Police and the FBI continue investigating suspicious letters sent through the Postal Service to government offices, I’d like to thank our postal workers at facilities in Maryland for their hard work and diligence. Their selfless work has prevented government officials and staff from exposure to life-threatening contamination. I will continue to monitor the situation, and remain committed to the safety and well-being of our postal workers, law enforcement, and others who work to keep us safe.

M. Sullivan April 19, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Oh, thank you for educating me, jag.
patricia April 19, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Can you say AFL-CIO. The union representing the letter carriers, dictate what goes on. If they cared about the post office going belly-up, they wouldn't have been the ones who forced the postal service to prepay retirements to the tune of 85 billion. Were UPS and other delivery companies forced to prepay their retirement funds, NO! Maybe Steny could ask congress to give back the money they took for "retirement funding", so the postal service could help itself.
Steve April 19, 2013 at 08:47 PM
He keeps getting elected by the majority doesn't he? He must be doing a good job.
amark April 20, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Yeah Stevie we all know that the rationale for judging whether a politician is doing a good job is if they keep getting re-elected. If that's your belief I'm sure you are a big fan of Michelle Bachman? Or perhaps you liked Strom Thurmond because he was in the Senate for over 50 years.
Steve April 20, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I am not a big fan of either of them, but I still respect the process.


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