Capitol Report: Pelosi seeks more funding for U.S. Postal Service as Democrats warn of ‘crisis’ for agency
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seeking more funding for the U.S. Postal Service as lawmakers work on a new round of aid amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Democrats warn the independent agency is in crisis.
The stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump on Friday allows the postal service to borrow up to $10 billion from the U.S. Treasury. On Tuesday, Pelosi, a California Democrat, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” she wants more funding so the USPS could put in place a wider-ranging vote-by-mail system and deliver equipment to those fighting the outbreak.
“Our work is not done,” said Virginia Democrat Connolly in a statement on Friday. “The Postal Service, which every American relies on for prescription drugs, care packages, and critical services, is in crisis and must be addressed,” he said.
Pelosi said increased voting by mail would soon be a reality of life amid the coronavirus pandemic. “In terms of the elections, I think that we’ll probably be moving to vote by mail.”
Pelosi’s doubling down on vote-by-mail provisions puts her on a collision course with Trump, who criticized the idea on Monday. “They had things, levels of voting that if you ever agreed to, you would never have a Republican elected in this country again,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in a telephone interview.
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