Moolenaar Votes Against Democrats’ Partisan Postal Bill

August 22, 2020
Press Release

Today, Congressman John Moolenaar voted against partisan legislation offered by House Democrats that would give the U.S. Postal Service $25 billion.

The Postal Service already has billions of dollars on hand, and earlier this week The Washington Post reported “the Postal Service has $15 billion in the bank, plus a $10 billion loan from an early round of coronavirus relief as a backstop. That’s more cash on hand than it had at the start of the pandemic."

Also, before the vote on today’s bill, House Republicans offered an amendment to the bill that would have implemented penalties for any postal service employee who is caught tampering with ballots sent by mail. Congressman Moolenaar voted for that amendment, however, it failed after Democrats rejected it.

"The Postal Service is essential for seniors, veterans, and so many residents in Michigan,” said Congressman Moolenaar. “That’s why I took action in March and voted for the CARES Act which provided USPS with access to $10 billion in funding to address challenges caused by the pandemic. This funding already provides USPS with the resources it needs to deliver the packages Americans depend on including medications, checks, ballots, and more. Today’s vote by the Democrats was nothing more than political grandstanding that fails to address the problems at USPS. In the long-term, USPS will need to take additional steps to ensure service while addressing issues that have plagued postal operations for more than a decade."

Earlier in the week, the Postal Service posted on social media about its capacity to handle ballots during the upcoming election.