PELOSI: “This for us is a joyous occasion, to come together, to vote for the postal service...”
At a rare Saturday session called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House of Representatives to provide the cash-strappedPostal Service with 25 billion dollars - after more than three hours of debate.
The bill also blocks policies that have caused widespread concern over mail-in ballots ahead of the November 3 election. House Democrats call it the “Delivering for America Act.”
HIGGINS: “...An act to protect the United States Postal Service from the destructive acts of the president and his postmaster disaster.”
Ahead of the vote, Trump took to Twitter calling the bill a 'money wasting hoax.'
With mail-in voting expected to surge this year, President Donald Trump has alarmed Democrats by saying - without evidence - that mail-in ballots are a possible source of election fraud.
TRUMP (JULY 30): "Mail in ballots will lead to the greatest fraud."
Pelosi on Saturday blasted Trump for his claims:
PELOSI: “Don’t pay any attention to what the president is saying because it is all designed to suppress the vote."
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy - a Trump Donor - recently suspended cost-cutting measures that have slowed deliveries.
Democrats on the House floor cried foul:
DINGELL: “The actions by the Postmaster General in recent weeks is a sabotaged campaign aimed at manipulating mail service."
But Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the Democrats for introducing the bill:
MCCARTHY: “The Postal Service is not incapacitated. It is still fully capable of delivering the mail.”
Postmaster DeJoy told a Senate committee on Friday that USPS would deliver ballots "securely and on time" but said bigger changes could come after the election.
DEJOY (Friday): “We're considering, we're considering dramatic changes to improve the service to the American people, yes.”
Pelosi said the bill would support mail delivery even after the election.
But - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that the Senate would "absolutely not pass" the stand-alone bill.