[NFA] The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted on Saturday to provide the cash-strapped Postal Service with $25 billion and block policy changes that have stirred concerns about mail-in balloting ahead of the presidential election.
PELOSI: “This for us is a joyous occasion, to come together, to vote for the postal service...” At a rare Saturday session called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House of Representatives to provide the cash-strappedPostal Service with 25 billion dollars - after more than three hours of debate.
The bill also blocks policies that have caused widespread concern over mail-in ballots ahead of the November 3 election.
House Democrats call it the “Delivering for America Act.” HIGGINS: “...An act to protect the United States Postal Service from the destructive acts of the president and his postmaster disaster.” Ahead of the vote, Trump took to Twitter calling the bill a 'money wasting hoax.'
With mail-in voting expected to surge this year, President Donald Trump has alarmed Democrats by saying - without evidence - that mail-in ballots are a possible source of election fraud.
TRUMP (JULY 30): "Mail in ballots will lead to the greatest fraud." Pelosi on Saturday blasted Trump for his claims: PELOSI: “Don’t pay any attention to what the president is saying because it is all designed to suppress the vote." Postmaster GeneralLouis DeJoy - a Trump Donor - recently suspended cost-cutting measures that have slowed deliveries.
Democrats on the House floor cried foul: DINGELL: “The actions by the Postmaster General in recent weeks is a sabotaged campaign aimed at manipulating mail service." But Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the Democrats for introducing the bill: MCCARTHY: “The Postal Service is not incapacitated.
It is still fully capable of delivering the mail.” Postmaster DeJoy told a Senate committee on Friday that USPS would deliver ballots "securely and on time" but said bigger changes could come after the election.
DEJOY (Friday): “We're considering, we're considering dramatic changes to improve the service to the American people, yes.” Pelosi said the bill would support mail delivery even after the election.
But - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that the Senate would "absolutely not pass" the stand-alone bill.
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Nicholas Beauchene began working for the US Postal Service in July, 2020. No longer. The DOJ has charged him for dumping 1,875 pieces of mail, including ballots, in two dumpsters in North Arlington and West Orange, New Jersey. CNN reports postal investigators believe the 26-year-old dumped the mail on two different days, from two different mail routes. The North Arlington dumpster contained 98 general election ballots; the West Orange dumpster had one general election ballot.
Last week, a federal judge issued an injunction requiring the US Postal Service to reverse changes made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. The judge called the changes an 'an intentional effort' by President Donald Trump and DeJoy to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of upcoming elections. But according to Business Insider, the USPS claimed in a court filing Wednesday, 'no can do.
A federal judge has blocked controversial changes to the United States postal service, saying they were "a politically motivated attack" that had slowed the nation's mail and likely would slow the delivery of ballots in the upcoming presidential election.
A new Senate report finds an estimated 85 million are late in one week. According to Gizmodo the report finds there had been nearly a 20 percent drop in on-time deliveries. The report was prepared by Democratic staff on the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. It describes a significant decline in the percentage of mail delivered on time in each of the postal service’s 67 districts. The reports blame controversial changes ordered by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for the delays.
US Postal Service Postmaster General Louis Dejoy is now in the hot seat for more than slowing down the mail delivery. The USPS's decline in productivity has raised concerns about its ability to manage the unprecedented deluge of absentee ballots expected this election season. According to Gizmodo, five of his former employees have accused him of engaging in a straw donor scheme.