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August 22, 2020
116th Congress -- Early Saturday evening, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8015, the “Delivering for America Act,” by a substantial and bipartisan 107-vote margin, 257-150. NAPS activists are to be commended for communicating their support of the measure to their members of Congress.
The legislation, authored by House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), would provide $25 billion in emergency financial relief to the U.S. Postal Service, continue to treat absentee ballots as first-class mail and reverse operational changes recently initiated by U.S. Postal Service. Prior to the vote, the White House stated that the President opposed H.R. 8015 and threatened to veto it should it reach his desk. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated that the Senate will not consider the bill; however, he stated that he is open to considering postal assistance as part of a COVID-19 relief package. NAPS members should contact their two U.S. Senators to request that H.R. 8015 be supported and brought up for a vote.
As a reminder: On Monday morning, at 10:00 AM EDT, the Postmaster General and the Chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors will testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The hearing will be livestreamed on the committee website and broadcast on C-SPAN.