Not incredibly, Southern Ocean County’s two congressmen, 3rd District Rep. Andy Kim, a freshman Democrat, and the 2nd District’s Jeff Van Drew, a freshman Republican, voted in different ways about the weekend on a Home of Associates invoice that would deliver $25 million in emergency funding to the U.S. Postal Services.
Kim supported the evaluate, which handed in a 257-150 vote, with 231 Democrats supporting the measure and 26 Republicans crossing the aisle even though 149 opposed it.
“I have listened to from so numerous of our neighbors more than the earlier months concerned about what they’ve noticed from the Postal Provider, and today’s vote sends a strong measure that we are not likely to stand by and watch this crucial support be degraded or harmed,” said Kim. “Whether it is having our seniors their prescription medications, our veterans their advantages, or supporting our small enterprise proprietors continue to be afloat in these difficult periods, the adult men and females of the U.S. Postal Company present an vital function. I’m happy to stand with them and to guarantee that our communities get the services they’ve appear to count on and truly should have.”
Van Drew was not a single of the Republicans who voted for the measure.
Prior to the vote it just about seemed as if he was taking into consideration it. He issued a push release on Saturday declaring he had frequented much more than 20 postal places of work across the eight counties his district represents, like all of Southern Ocean County help save fifty percent of Stafford Township and all of Barnegat Township – represented by Kim – in the prior week as the Postal Service grew to become a contentious difficulty across the state.
“I visited the challenging-doing the job gals and gentlemen of the USPS this 7 days, and it only galvanized my solve to assure they are not used as political pawns,” he claimed prior to the Property vote. “We must be certain that they have the assets to provide for the duration of these moments to aid all People receive their mail, which could consist of medicines or necessary products.”
Without a doubt, again on Aug. 16 Van Drew issued a press release urging Household management to provide again customers to Washington to offer with the ongoing USPS challenges.
“The United States Postal Assistance is overworked and less than-funded,” he mentioned at that time. “I am inquiring that leadership to deliver us again into session to offer with the ongoing issues so that we can make certain they have the vital methods for them to continue on their operations.”
But on Saturday morning Van Drew appeared on “Fox & Good friends Weekend” and his tune experienced transformed.
“What do you make of this last moment (Postal Company) monthly bill?” requested “Fox & Pals Weekend” host Pete Hegseth.
“Well,” responded Van Drew, “the challenge is this. I support the Postal Support, palms down, among many of the payments. But this is what is so usual, this is a superior illustration, I’m happy you introduced it up. You can have a great bill, I don’t care if it is stand-by itself or you do it with other matters. Frankly, I feel we really should do it together (a extra encompassing bill linked to coronavirus reduction) due to the fact there’s a whole lot of fantastic matters we could get carried out.
“But in the new monthly bill they abruptly put in there that now you can sue the submit workplace. We’re likely to have a lot far more legal responsibility problems, a ton more costs, definitely more revenue for, I guess, lawyers but a full lot considerably less money for the taxpayers. Who advised them (the Democrats) to do that? Who would like that? Why are we undertaking that?”
The textual content of the final bill, H.R. 8015: Delivering for The usa Act, as effectively as two before variations can be discovered on the internet. There is no point out of suing the Postal Company in the invoice.
The monthly bill does go past supplying $25 billion to the Postal Service. For case in point, it suggests that “During the time period commencing on the day of enactment of this Act and ending on the very last day of the COVID-19 general public overall health crisis or January 31, 2021, whichever is later on, the United States Postal Assistance may well not employ or approve any transform to the functions or the degree of services delivered by the Postal Company from those in result on January 1, 2020, that would decrease company efficiency or impede prompt, reliable, and successful support.”
It goes on to determine several of those possible modifications, these types of as “instituting any retain the services of freeze” or “any prohibition or restriction on the use of additional time or time beyond regulation pay to Postal Provider officers or staff members.” So if the invoice grew to become legislation it is probable that Congress could sue the Postal Service for not next the law.
That appears to be a moot place. The U.S. Senate is unlikely to move the bill, if Senate Greater part Leader Mitch McConnell even lets a vote to happen. President Trump has previously vowed to veto the bill.
— Rick Mellerup