Mail service to Senate suspended

Mail service to Senate suspended Senator Tom Daschle said that the United States Capitol police have recently suspended mail service to United States Senate offices and encouraged South Dakotans to contact him by phone, fax or e-mail.

The suspension of mail service follows the discovery of ricin in a mailroom in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. After ricin was discovered, the United States Capitol Police, for security reasons, confiscated all unopened mail in Senate offices and suspended mail delivery to the Senate until further notice.

As a result, mail recently sent to Senator Daschle cannot be read. Congressional mail procedures are currently being reviewed to determine whether changes are needed.

Constituents wishing to contact Senator Daschle may call his office at (800) 424-9094, send faxes to (202) 224-6603 or e-mail him by accessing .

South Dakotans are also encouraged to visit Senator Daschle's offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City and Sioux Falls.

"Although the anthrax attacks of 2001 and the recent ricin discovery have complicated Senate mail procedures, I want all South Dakotans to know that they can still reach me, and I will continue to respond to their questions and concerns as effectively as I can," said Senator Daschle.

South Dakotans wishing to check on the status of a recent inquiry, or confirm whether their mail was received, are encouraged to call Daschle's toll-free line at (800) 424-9094.

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