President Obama has nominated the widow of former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) to serve on the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors.
The White House announced Obama's intention to nominate Vicki Kennedy in a statement Wednesday night. The former Massachusetts senator endorsed Obama in the 2008 presidential primary over Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDem: Pruitt violating anti-campaigning law with GOP fundraiser Michael Flynn’s troubles mount Writer who pushed 'Pizzagate' conspiracy theory says he'll attend WH briefing MORE.
Her appointment comes as the postal service continues to grapple with multibillion-dollar annual losses and lawmakers debate postal reform legislation that could scale back pension obligations or delivery times. Earlier this week, the USPS said it incurred a net loss of $354 million in the first quarter.
“The Postal Service is doing its part within the bounds of law to right size the organization, and I am very proud of the achievements we have made to reduce costs while significantly growing our package business,” said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe in a statement Tuesday. “We cannot return the organization to long-term financial stability without passage of comprehensive postal reform legislation. We appreciate the efforts of the House and Senate oversight committees to make this happen as soon as possible.”