Rep. Chris Jacobs, RN.Y., claimed to be joining House Democrats in providing a $ 25 billion increase in funding for the U.S. Postal Service, but said he accidentally “hit the wrong button” on Saturday .
The United States House of Representatives passed a USPS fundraising package with 26 Republicans breaking party lines in a 257-150 vote on the Democrat-backed bill to ensure a vote by smooth correspondence in this presidential election.
« [A]After announcing he was voting yes on the Dem Post bill, @RepJacobs just called me to tell me he accidentally voted no. “I must have pressed the wrong button,” he told me. Updated article coming soon, ”tweeted Jerry Zremski, Washington bureau chief for The Buffalo News, after Saturday’s vote.
Fox News confirmed that Jacobs voted against the bill.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the rare ’emergency’ vote in the middle of the summer recess, in a bid to pass a bill that fights what some believe is an attempt by President Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to sabotage the November 3 presidential election.
The bill would not only provide a one-time fundraising initiative, but would reverse all new cost-cutting measures the Postal Service has recently taken and ban efforts to slow down mail.
Zremski tweeted that Jacobs “was on his way to the airport, called the House and was told it was too late to change his voting error. ”
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Although the bill passed through the House with GOP support, the GOP-led Senate is not expected to pass the bill and the White House has already said it will veto it.
“Postal officials have repeatedly said they DON’T NEED MONEY and will not make any changes,” Trump tweeted after the vote.
“It’s a whole other HOAX from the Democrats for giving away unnecessary $ 25 billion for political gain, not to mention the universal mail ballot scam. ”
Trump has previously admitted to openly attempting to stop funding the USPS in order to prevent mail-in voting during elections.
Conservative lawmakers on the Hill were quick to call the reported delays “conspiracy theories” – despite the post office minister apologizing on Friday for the delays.
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Representative Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Oversight Committee, submitted an internal document that shows significant drops in recent service standards at the USPS.
“For those who still claim that there are ‘no delays’ and that these reports are just ‘conspiracy theories’, I hope this new data will cause them to rethink their position and support our legislation urgent today ”, Maloney, DN.Y. , said Saturday.
Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.