House Passes Postal Service Infusion Bill

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$25 billion will be directed to the U.S. Postal Service.

In addition to providing a $25 billion infusion to the service, the House’s newly passed postal service bill would also roll back some overhauls under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. There would be a reverse on new cost-cutting measures and a ban on any efforts to slow down the mail (including limits on overtime and reductions of facility hours) until at least next year. The agency must also prioritize delivery of all election-related mail.

The measure passed in a 257-150 vote; 26 House Republicans supported the bill.

“Amid the pandemic, Americans have been increasingly reliant on the Postal Service, particularly small businesses and those living in rural areas. But the Postal Service is struggling financially because of increased costs and an overall decline in revenue during the pandemic,” Senator Feinstein said.

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The bill was passed as Democrats worry that there will be a hindrance in the processing of a record number of mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats fear President Trump and Postmaster DeJoy are trying to sabotage the 2020 election by delaying service, which could compromise the mail-in ballots. Democrats have called for funding for the postal service as part of a fifth coronavirus aid package.

The move also followed an uproar over widespread mail slowdowns, according to internal documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee. DeJoy has denied that the slowdowns are part of any attempt to reduce mail-in voting this year.

The postmaster went on to say that he is confident that the Postal Service will be able to handle any surge in ballot traffic. However, voters are encouraged to request ballots early and return them early. DeJoy clarified that the removal of mailboxes and mail sorting machines are part of normal operations accommodating to the steady decline in mail volumes.

Democrats, on the other hand, claim that DeJoy has damaged a legendary institution of American life.

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