Feb 19 2004


Delivery Still Delayed; Constituients are Encouraged to Email, Fax, Phone

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced that mail delivery has resumed to all Senate office buildings as of Thursday, February 19, 2004. The resumption follows a suspension of all mail deliveries put in place on February 2, 2004, when a toxic substance was found in the mail room of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

New procedures, including the opening and testing of all Senate mail at an offsite facility, have been approved and are now being implemented. These procedures are designed to protect the integrity of Senate mail, and are expected to add a 24-hour delay to mail delivery times in addition to the existing delays associated with current safeguards, such as mail irradiation.

Sen. Shelby said, “Despite the interruption and delay of Senate mail deliveries, I believe these procedures are necessary and I remain committed to responding to my constituents as quickly as possible.”

To avoid delays, please consider contacting Sen. Shelby by email, fax or telephone. In Washington, Senator Shelby can be reached at (202) 224-5744 or by fax at (202) 224-3416. His email address is senator@shelby.senate.gov and his website is https://www.shelby.senate.gov. Sen. Shelby may also be reached through his state offices, which are listed on his website.

Overnight delivery of packages (such as Fed-Ex) to congressional offices remains suspended indefinitely.