House Votes in Favour of $25 Billion Funding for Postal Service
Move to prohibit any cost-saving operational changes
The House of Representatives voted 257-150 in favor of $25 billion in funding for the Postal Service and to prevent any cost-saving operational changes that could delay mail delivery until 2021.
Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recalled members back to Washington D.C. to vote on a USPS bill amid the Democrats' push for mail-in voting for the November election.
The news came as President Donald Trump was accused of sabotaging mail delivery ahead of the general election.
"Alarmingly, across the nation, we see the devastating effects of the President's campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters," Pelosi (D-CA) told congressional Democrats last week.
"Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, one of the top Trump mega-donors, has proven a complicit crony as he continued to push forward sweeping new operational changes that degrade postal service, delay the mail," Pelosi added.
"And—according to the Postal Service itself—threaten to deny the ability of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming elections in a timely fashion," she said.
DeJoy had recently committed to halting measures to save costs he implemented this Summer in order to place the Postal Service on firm financial standing.
On Friday, he told lawmakers he was committed to delivering election mail on-time, referring to the job of doing so as a "sacred duty," as per The Washington Post.
But the decision to halt operational changes until next year doesn't affect the warning some states have given reading the Postal Service's delivery guidelines—warnings and election laws.
For example, Michigan permits residents to request absentee ballots as late as the Friday before an election, leaving just four days for it to be mailed back and counted.
Moreover, the ballot could still be dropped off at the clerk's office to meet the deadline, according to the secretary of state.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted congressional Democrats for failing to negotiate a coronavirus legislative package.
McConnell said in a statement:
"Speaker Pelosi is blocking billions in relief for American families and laid-off workers because anything short of her entire wishlist was 'piecemeal,'" said McConnell, referring to the 3.4 trillion coronavirus package.
"But as soon as House Democrats convinced themselves their own jobs might be in jeopardy, they came sprinting back to Washington to pass a totally piecemeal postal bill without a dime to help struggling families."
McConnel also noted the President vowed not to sign the House-passed Postal Service legislation into law.