From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement on the investigation being conducted by the Capitol Police and FBI surrounding suspicious letters sent through the Postal Service to Senate offices and government officials:
“I want our first responders, our law enforcement and our postal workers to know how proud I am of them and their dedication to duty, their public service and their public spirit.
“In the 2001 anthrax attacks, two of the victims were Maryland postal workers who lost their lives after being exposed. Now again, our postal workers are on the front lines protecting against possible ricin contamination. We learned from the 2001 tragedy and our system has worked. Before reaching our federal government offices, letters are screened for deadly contents at postal facilities in Maryland. Because of the selfless work of our postal workers, at no time were Senators, staff or those who visit us put in danger.
“While the Capitol Police and FBI continue their investigation, I will continue to stand sentry for our postal workers, our law enforcement and our first responders on the front lines working to keep us safe.”