A new report in Salon today looks at how Postmaster General Louis DeJoy “is a fountain of money” for Senate Republicans, who have largely been silent as Trump blocks funding for the Postal Service and his administration’s policies not only delay delivery of important mail like prescriptions and Social Security benefits that millions of Americans rely on, but could potentially disenfranchise voters in 46 states.
While Democrats have prioritized USPS funding in the next coronavirus relief package, Senate Republicans are blocking that funding and refusing to negotiate. Among the vulnerable Republicans on the ballot this year who’ve taken campaign cash from DeJoy are Senators Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, and Martha McSally and failed politician John James. DeJoy has also “regularly maxed out with tens of thousands of annual contributions” to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
“Republican Senators don’t want to hold a political donor accountable for policies that are delaying deliveries of prescription drugs and other crucial mail, and could even put the election at risk,” said DSCC spokesperson Helen Kalla. “And Mitch McConnell – who sent Senate Republicans home for summer recess without passing additional coronavirus relief – is insisting that the USPS will ‘be just fine.’ Once again the GOP-controlled Senate is failing Americans by refusing to conduct the oversight needed and ensure that essential services can continue without interruption.”
By Roger Sollenberger
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