(July 15, 2014) WASHINGTON — Nearly five years after her husband, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, passed away, Vicki Kennedy appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to testify about her nomination to the board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service.
President Obama nominated Vicki Kennedy to the position in February, and her nomination comes at a time when the USPS is experiencing deep financial difficulties. Mrs. Kennedy expressed her commitment to helping the Postal Service survive and warned that further cutbacks could hurt the already embattled agency.
“Anytime you have a cutback in service in any way, whether its delivery standards, whether its daily delivery, you know six days a week…I think it’s a black eye. I think it hurts us, and we want people to feel that the postal service is excellent in every way,” Kennedy said.
Vicki Kennedy was introduced at the hearing by Sen. Ed Markey, who was part of the Massachusetts delegation when Ted Kennedy served.
Other Kennedy friends and family were in the audience, including former Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
Vicki Kennedy’s nomination will still have to be approved by the committee before heading to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote.