Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted house Democrats as they passed the legislation that would provide $25 billion for boosting Postal Service operations and accused them of “ignoring the urgent needs” of Americans. He called the legislation a “piecemeal Postal Bill.”
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“Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 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 United States Postal Service convinced them their own jobs might be at jeopardy,” McConnell said in a statement.
The Kentucky Senator had earlier said that the Senate is unlikely to pass a ‘postal-only bill.’ Meanwhile, the White House had issued a veto threat.
Accusing Democrats of spinning up a conspiracy theory, McConnel said that Post Master General Louis DeJoy was appointed unanimously by a bipartisan board that had a member handpicked by Senate minority leader Schumer. Democrats had earlier suggested that DeJoy, a Trump Donor was working to jeopardise the process of mail-in voting.
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The Democrats had passed the postal bill in the Senate on Saturday in a vote which President Donald Trump rubbished as a ‘hoax.’ However, despite his criticism, 26 Republicans backed the bill, which passed 257-150. Introducing the bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi had said, “Don’t pay any attention to what the president is saying, because it is all designed to suppress the vote.”