TRUMP CHANGES THE FOCUS AGAIN
House Passes Bill Bolstering Postal Service With $25 Billion
The Democratic-led House on Saturday passed legislation preventing U.S. Postal Service cutbacks at least through January,
And providing it with $25 billion in additional funding,
Reflecting Democrats’ concerns that delivery delays affecting basic mail service would spill over into an election being held during the coronavirus pandemic.
PELOSI CALLS CONGRESS BACK FROM BREAK ON A SATURDAY
In a rare Saturday session held during August recess,
The bill passed 257-150, with the support of 231 Democrats and 26 Republicans.
It was opposed by 149 Republicans and one Independent.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) brought the measure to the floor over the objections of House Republican leaders.
They say she is promoting conspiracy theories that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy,
A major Trump donor appointed to the position in May,
Is cutting costs at the financially struggling service to hinder voting by mail, which President Trump has criticized.
TRUMP CHANGES THE FOCUS AGAIN ON THE DEMOCRATS
Republicans say it is routine to decommission mail-sorting equipment,
And remove mail drop-boxes that the Postal Service deems underused.
They also say the Postal Service has the money and capacity to handle the heavy volume of mail-in ballots expected.
They note that Mr. DeJoy has agreed to suspend operational changes until after the general election, which is less than three months away.
THE BILL STILL NEEDS SENATE APPROVAL
The House bill faces opposition as a stand-alone bill in the GOP-controlled Senate.
Congressional leaders had been discussing funding for the Postal Service as part of a broader coronavirus relief package,
But those negotiations collapsed earlier this month.
Mrs. Pelosi said she brought the postal funding bill up separately to address the public alarm over changes implemented by Mr. DeJoy.
“It makes absolutely no sense to implement these dramatic changes in the middle of a pandemic less than three months before the November elections,”
House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.), the bill’s lead sponsor, said on the House floor Saturday.
“The American people do not want anyone messing with the post office.
They certainly do not want it all to be politicized, they just want their mail.”
Complaints about delays have spilled over into concerns about the election,
In this election, which mail-in voting is expected to hit historic highs because of the corona virus pandemic.
POST OFFICE KEPT SAYING THEY DIDNT NEED MONEY
“Representatives of the Post Office have repeatedly stated that they DO NOT NEED MONEY, and will not make changes,”
Mr. Trump said Saturday on Twitter.
“This is another HOAX by the Democrats to give 25 Billion unneeded dollars for political purposes,
Without talking about the Universal Mail-In Ballot Scam that they are trying to pull off in violation of everything that our Country stands for.”
DAWG SAYS: ANYONE NOTICE NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
AND JOE BIDEN ANYMORE?
THE MASTER OF REDIRECTING STRIKES AGAIN.