(FiveNation.com)- House Democrats revealed a bill that would infuse the U.S. Postal Service with cash, implement ballot rules and undo changes made by the new postmaster general.
On Wednesday, they introduced the legislation that would give $25 billion to the USPS. It would also require the mail service to process mail-in ballots on the same day. The bill is scheduled to be voted on in the House on Saturday.
Most political pundits agree that it will fail once it reaches the Republican-led Senate, though.
While new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced this week that he would be suspending implanted changes at the USPS until after the November 3 election, the House bill would codify that. It would be written in stone that the Postal Service couldn’t implement policies that would change service levels.
President Donald Trump has been accused by Democrats of forcing DeJoy’s hand to suppress mail-in ballots for the upcoming presidential election. That has enraged his critics, so much so that 90 Democrats in the House wrote a letter to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors calling for DeJoy’s removal, on grounds that he is trying to “sabotage” the agency.
The letter reads:
“DeJoy has implemented policies that have slowed delivery times to unacceptable levels and resulted in undelivered mail.”
Republicans, meanwhile, have dubbed the House bill as the “USPS Conspiracy Theory Act.” James Comer, a Republican representative from Kentucky, said DeJoy was just “taking prudent steps to improve an unsustainable (USPS) business model.”
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, said the White House is in favor of giving the USPS $25 billion, but she said they want to tie it to aid given to Americans who are unemployed because of the coronavirus pandemic. McEnany also said the USPS has ample cash on hand, since Congress earlier this year approved a $10 billion line of credit.
On Tuesday, DeJoy announced he would temporarily halt the cost-cutting measures he was implementing until after November’s election. After being pressured by a lot of people, he said he was doing this to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail.”
But, that wasn’t enough for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. After speaking with DeJoy on Tuesday, she released a statement saying the suspension “is wholly insufficient and does not reverse damage already wreaked.”
She said DeJoy “admitted that he had no intention of replacing the sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other key mail infrastructure that have been removed, and that plans for adequate overtime, which is critical for the timely delivery of mail, are not in the works.”
Democrats are claiming that DeJoy is working at the behest of Trump. The postmaster general is a long-time supporter of and donor to Trump.
Recently, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the USPS Board of Governors to release all the materials that are related to DeJoy’s selection for the position, and for “additional information” regarding any role that Trump or Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin played in that process.