Congressman Scott Peters details support for $25 billion Postal Service extension

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Turmoil at the United States Postal Service is causing some Democrats and local election officials to rethink their vote-by-mail strategies for November’s Presidential Election.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday he would “suspend” several of his initiatives — including the removal of the distinctive blue mailboxes that prompted an outcry — until after the election “to avoid even the appearance of impact on election mail.”

“We will deliver the nation’s election mail on time,” DeJoy said in a statement.

At the same time, Congress can’t come to an agreement on the stimulus bill. Democrats are pushing for a $25 billion Postal Service Extension, while Republicans don’t agree.

President Trump has defended DeJoy, but also criticized postal operations and claimed that universal mail-in ballots would be “a disaster.”

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters that Trump “at no time” has pushed for a mail slow-down. “This president believes that the American people, casting their ballot, one at a time, will ultimately make sure that he’s the one elected,” he said.

The Postal Service is among the nation’s oldest and more popular institutions. Trump routinely criticizes its business model, but the financial outlook is far more complex, and includes an unusual requirement to pre-fund retiree health benefits that advocates in Congress want to undo.

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the ongoing negotiations in Congress and why Republicans and Democrats have such different perspectives on funding the United States Postal Service.

 

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