US House approves $34b funding for postal service

24 Août, 2020, 16:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • US Postal Service: House agrees election cash boost

Mr DeJoy testified before Congress last Friday, denying allegations that recent changes at USPS were created to slow down election mail, calling them "outrageous".

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"We have all seen the results: national headlines about delays of days and weeks, veterans desperately waiting for their medications, sorting machines being ripped out and thrown in dumpsters", Maloney said.

Just hours after the Reno rally ended the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to send $25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service and prohibit operational changes to the agency prior to November's election. Cher had earlier urged Twitter followers to take part in the event to "show [postal workers] our gratitude for risking their lives to deliver medicine for grandmas, vets, toddlers who couldn't live without it" and take a stand against "Trump's new henchman". Democrats are seeking to reinforce the agency ahead of the November election when many voters are expected to cast mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"This is about [the] future of America", she tweeted.

"Since being elected to Congress, I've consistently fought to protect the mission of the U.S. Postal Service and support the men and women who work there", McKinley said in a statement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, has been eyeing a $10 billion postal rescue as part of the next COVID-19 relief package.

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In a memo to House Republicans, leaders derided the legislation as a postal "conspiracy theory" act.

Young said the House-passed bill, if it becomes law, won't solve all the problems facing the debt-burdened Postal Service. Another lawmaker, Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pa., announced Saturday he had tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has expressed optimism over the new bill.

The Postal Service has lost about $80 billion since 2007 through a decline of mail volume and a congressional requirement that the Postal Service pre-fund retiree health benefits. The "Delivering for America Act" aims to reverse operational changes that delay mail delivery and ensures the Postal Service would not put forth new operational changes until January 2021.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops applications for mail-in-ballots into a mail box in Omaha, Neb.

He has also overseen a cut in overtime pay for mail carriers, which a union leader told Agence France-Presse has slowed delivery times nationwide, and reshuffled senior management.

Protesters gather before holding a demonstration against changes in the postal service, outside of the condominium of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, in Washington, D.C., on August 15. The board unanimously selected DeJoy for his experience in the private sector as a logistics executive who could help the Postal Service save money and improve its service, according to Duncan. He maintains significant financial stakes in companies that do business or compete with the agency, raising conflict of interest questions. He has said in past interviews it is a service noted in the Constitution. The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, also owns The Washington Post, a publication that Trump frequently derides as "fake news" over critical stories of him.

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