The House voted this Saturday to approve a $25 billion to support the United States Postal Service in a vote 257 to 150.
The remarkable part about it is that 26 Republicans sided with the Democrats to pass this bill and sided against President Trump’s opinion of not funding the USPS.
The bill allows extra funding to the U.S. Postal Service and blocks any operational changes that were made.
Breaking: The House has just voted 257-150 to give the U.S. Postal Service $25 billion and reverse operational changes made during widespread mail delays.
26 Republicans supported the measure.https://t.co/XKpjzdtYMO
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 22, 2020
House Democrats have spent weeks ignoring the urgent needs of American workers and families, but they rushed back to Washington the instant that overblown conspiracy theories about the U.S. Postal Service convinced them their own jobs might be in jeopardy. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/41VdckTLw0
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) August 22, 2020
ABC News gave extra details about the bill being passed:
The House voted on Saturday to provide $25 billion in funding to the U.S. Postal Service while blocking operational changes that have slowed down service ahead of the election.
The proposal passed largely along party lines, 257-150, with 26 Republicans voting with Democrats.
The “Delivering for America Act” would require that all official election mail be treated as “first-class mail,” prohibit the removal of mail sorting machines and mailboxes, and reverse any already implemented changes that could delay mail delivery.
Democrats, some Republicans and civil rights organizations have accused Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a donor to President Donald Trump’s campaign, of engineering changes at the agency in an effort to sow distrust in mail-in voting and impact the results of the election as Americans are expected to vote by mail in unprecedented numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“No American should ever have to choose between their health, safety and wellbeing on one hand, and their constitutional right to vote on the other,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said Saturday. “Don’t mess with USPS.”
DeJoy, testifying before the Senate on Friday, called the accusations against him “outrageous” and said changes to the Postal Service were necessary to address its poor finances. He said the agency is “fully capable” of delivering ballots in a timely fashion this fall, but he committed to stopping additional operational changes ahead of the election. He did not, however, say he would reverse those already in motion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Saturday said the bill was an attempt to hold DeJoy to his commitment to deliver ballots after his “ambiguous” testimony.
“His comments are one thing, his actions will be another,” she said.
Democrats passed the measure Saturday with some support from Republicans, but most denied the need for new funding and policy changes and accused Democrats of turning the post office into a political football.
“This bill is a sham, it is a shame, it is not needed right now,” Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., said on the House floor Saturday.
“It’s not a real crisis,” said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., after calling Democrats’ concerns a “conspiracy theory” in a tweet.
And yeah. Didn't dwell on the 26 Republicans yesterday other than in passing.
Nancy Pelosi got 26 Republican HOUSE MEMBERS (13% of GOP caucus) to vote WITH DEMs against Trump and another 13% to abstain. A quarter of HOUSE GOP is not supporting Trump currently (on Post office)
— Tomi T Ahonen (@tomiahonen) August 23, 2020
Here are the names of the 26 Republicans that sided with the Democrats:
Don Bacon Nebraska (NE) – 2nd, Republican
Troy Balderson Ohio (OH) – 12th, Republican
Mike Bost Illinois (IL) – 12th, Republican
Vern Buchanan Florida (FL) – 16th, Republican
Rodney Davis Illinois (IL) – 13th, Republican
Brian K. Fitzpatrick Pennsylvania (PA) – 1st, Republican
Jeff Fortenberry Nebraska (NE) – 1st, Republican
Sam Graves Missouri (MO) – 6th, Republican
Jamie Herrera Beutler Washington (WA) – 3rd, Republican
Will Hurd Texas (TX) – 23rd, Republican
David P. Joyce Ohio (OH) – 14th, Republican
John Katko New York (NY) – 24th, Republican
Peter King New York (NY) – 2nd, Republican
Doug LaMalfa California (CA) – 1st, Republican
Michael McCaul Texas (TX) – 10th, Republican
David McKinley West Virginia (WV) – 1st, Republican
Tom Reed New York (NY) – 23rd, Republican
Christopher Smith New Jersey (NJ) – 4th, Republican
Pete Stauber Minnesota (MN) – 8th, Republican
Elise Stefanik New York (NY) – 21st, Republican
Steve Stivers Ohio (OH) – 15th, Republican
Michael Turner Ohio (OH) – 10th, Republican
Fred Upton Michigan (MI) – 6th, Republican
Jefferson Van Drew New Jersey (NJ) – 2nd, Republican
Ann Wagner Missouri (MO) – 2nd, Republican
Don Young Alaska (AK) – At Large, Republican
House passes bill that would send $25 billion to the USPS & ban changes that have slowed mail service.
26 Republicans joined Democrats — no small number on a bill the President has threatened to veto
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) August 22, 2020
Fox News confirmed the details by stating this:
The House of Representatives on Saturday passed a $25 billion funding infusion to the U.S. Postal Service in a bill that also would reverse new cost-cutting measures and ban any efforts to slow down the mail until at least next year.
The vote was 257-150 with 26 Republicans joining the Democrats.
Democrats called the rare “emergency” session in the middle of the summer recess because they contend President Trump and new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are trying to sabotage the 2020 election by delaying service that could compromise mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are experiencing a global pandemic and now our U.S. Postal Service is under attack,” said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. “Let it be clear: This administration is waging an authoritarian campaign to sabotage this election by manipulating the Postal Service to suppress our votes … This is not a conspiracy theory. This is fascism. We will not stand for this.”
Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., said DeJoy is “a crony and major donor of the president.” Together, they have waged a campaign to disrupt the timeliness of mail delivery and erode public confidence in the Postal Service that — if successful — would be “the largest voter suppression in American history since Jim Crow,” Connolly said.
Republicans dismissed the Democrats’ election concerns as “conspiracy theory.” GOP members said the Postal Service is not in a crisis and can handle any uptick in volume from mail-in ballots, pointing to its $14 billion in available cash and access to a $10 billion loan from the Treasury.
“Like the Russia hoax and impeachment sham, the Democrats have manufactured another scandal for political purposes,” said Rep. James Comer, R-Ky.
Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., said Democrats are using the Postal Service to gin up “a new Trump conspiracy theory” even though the president doesn’t control the postmaster general.
While the Democrats didn’t pass a bill to help relieve millions of financially burdened Americans they made sure they passed the USPS to help their agenda of using mail-in voting to steal the election.
The 26 Republicans who sided with the Democrats must have fell victim to the hoax the Democrats pitched to them.