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About Sending a Letter by U.S. Mail
to the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.:
how long it takes

Sending letters is a practical action based on fact ...
... not based on the long-standing rumor that there are
problems getting mail to Congress.

    It takes 5-7 days for letters to arrive in the office   
   of a member of the U.S. Congress.   

That's the fact.

 


That's all, unless you want details and sources, below.

If you would like details about the history, the rumor, the current process, and how we made certain of this information, read the remainder of this web page.

 


 

The History

As a result of the incident(s) in 2001-2002 regarding anthrax-tainted mail being sent to the U.S. Congress, the federal government set up a process to help ensure that all U.S. Mail arriving at the U.S. Congress is free of contaminants. During the time that the process was being set up in 2001 there was one 2-3 month period of time during which all U.S. Mail was stopped to the U.S. Congress. During that period the processes for ensuring contaminate-free mail were set up for the U.S. Senate and for the U.S. House.

The Rumor

Since the time of that one long delay, rumors started and continue that there are problems in sending an envelope in the U.S. Mail to the U.S. Representatives (Congresspersons) and U.S. Senators.

The Fact

It takes only 5-7 days for mail to reach the desk of a member of the U.S. Congress.

The Current Process:
             How our letters flow to Washington, D.C. ... and how long it takes

Mail sent to a U.S. Representative (or Senator) typically takes a maximum of 5-7 days, roughly 2-3 days longer than any other mail that is sent to Washington, D.C. It takes 2-3 days for the U.S. Postal Service plus 3 days for the U.S. Capitol mailroom processing for a total of 4-6 days: 5-7 days at the most.

The majority of the million letters goes to Washington D.C. during the first week of every month in a massive flow of envelopes, in the following steps, which take about 5 to 7 days for most mail going in this manner:
— transported in the U.S. Mail to an anthrax detection center
— processed by the detection center
— transported to an off-site location, associated with the U.S. Capitol mailroom, where it is inspected
— delivered to the 435 individual offices of U.S. Representatives
— and processed by the staff personnel in each of the 435 offices



Special report: Confirming the Information
 about what is on this web page

Meetings and Phone Calls
by Bob in 2007 and 2009

2007. In 2007 in Washington D.C. I met with a supervisor of the U.S. Capitol Mail Room about the sending of mail from people across the United States. As a follow-up to that meeting, months later I made several additional contacts via phone calls to the managers of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Mail Rooms to confirm what he told me.

2009. I called again in November 2009 to the U.S. House Mail Room to help make absolutely certain about this information. For your comfort and mine, I was able to confirm that is all is fine for sending letters in the U.S. Mail to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

 


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