Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Hosts USPS Oversight Committee Chairman for Cherrybell Tour, Roundtable

October 27, 2016
Press Release

Local Leaders Stress Importance of Cherrybell

TUCSON – At the invitation of U.S. Representative Martha McSally, U.S. Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11), who is the Chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), today joined local elected officials and community leaders for a tour of the Cherrybell Postal Processing Center and roundtable discussion. Local leaders who spoke about Cherrybell’s impact included U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Tucson Council Member Richard Fimbres, and Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.

“Today was about coming together to show our united support for keeping Cherrybell open,” said Congresswoman Martha McSally. “A lot of good insights were gained from our tour and discussion about how we can continue to work together to make the case for this facility in the long-term, which really impacts everyone in Southern Arizona. I thank Chairman Meadows for taking the time to come across the country to see Cherrybell and hear from local leaders in person about why this issue is so critical.”

"I'm glad to be here in Southern Arizona at the invitation of Congresswoman McSally, who has been a persistent advocate for the Cherrybell Postal Facility and keeping it open," said Congressman Mark Meadows, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. "It was very helpful today to tour the facility and hear first-hand from members of the community about how important this facility is to Southern Arizona and the people who rely on it for timely mail service."

"I was glad to join Congresswoman McSally and Chairman Meadows in a bipartisan display to keep Cherrybell postal center open," said Congressman Raul Grijalva. "We look forward to our joint continued efforts."

“Keeping Cherrybell open is not just important for the people who work there, but the 26,000 small businesses, the two tribes, and the countless seniors and veterans that rely on it,” said Tucson Council Member Richard Fimbres, whose Ward 5 District includes the Cherrybell facility. “I’m really thankful that Congresswoman McSally brought the Chairman here so he could see first-hand how this issue impacts the way of life for so many people in Southern Arizona.”

“All ballots have to come through Phoenix, whether you live in Cochise County down to Santa Cruz,” said Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez. “That’s why this is important to the whole Southern Arizona community to keep Cherrybell open. It’s non-partisan, as you could see at the table today, and we really appreciated Chairman Meadows coming in for this discussion.”

“McSally did a spectacular job bringing the Chairman here to be part of this discussion,” said George Kalil, President of Kalil Bottling Co. in Tucson. “This fight is important because the loss of some services at Cherrybell have already hurt businesses. It has hurt residential and labor. But as far as I’m concerned, with the leadership and support we have here, we’re going to win.”

Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, Council Member Richard Fimbres, U.S. Representative Martha McSally, and U.S. Representative Mark Meadows tour the Cherrybell Postal Processing Center

(From left)  Director of Governor Ducey’s Southern Arizona Office Juan Ciscomani, U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva, Council Member Richard Fimbres, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, and U.S. Representative Mark Meadows following a tour of the Cherrybell facility

Local leaders discuss the importance of the Cherrybell Postal Processing Facility at a roundtable discussion held at Council Member Richard Fimbres Ward Five Office

Since taking office, Rep. McSally has worked closely with Council Member Richard Fimbres to coordinate local and federal efforts in support of the Cherrybell Postal Processing Facility.

In March, Rep. McSally led a bipartisan group of over 30 lawmakers to call on Postmaster General Megan Brennan to update studies used to justify the consolidation of postal facilities around the country. In a response later that month, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman confirmed that the current studies will be updated and reviewed before any future decisions are made. The USPS response also confirmed that previous plans to close down facilities, including Cherrybell, continue to be deferred.