As Democratic Party leaders continue their calls for increased funding for the U.S. Postal Service ahead of Election Day, the Trump administration is signaling that the president might stand in the way of any such bill.
According to a White House statement released this week, President Donald Trump is considering a veto for a Democratic-backed piece of legislation regarding USPS funding, arguing that it would do more harm than good for the institution.
“An overreaction to sensationalize media reports”
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget confirmed that the administration “strongly opposes” the proposed bill and Trump’s advisers are urging him against signing it into law if it reaches his desk.
“This bill is an overreaction to sensationalized media reports that have made evidence-free accusations that USPS has undertaken reforms to achieve political rather than operational objectives,” the statement said.
According to The Hill, the Trump administration went onto accuse Democrats of trying to “exploit the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext for placing counterproductive restrictions on USPS’s already limited operational flexibilities.”
Calling the $25 billion in funding pushed by Democrats a “bailout” for the Postal Service, the Trump administration echoed other critics on the right who question the financial stability of a federal entity that has operated at a deficit for years.
Furthermore, reports indicate the USPS is already fully funded through October 2021 with about $14 billion in cash on hand.
“Until you fix their labor problem”
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy nevertheless addressed accusations that the agency is being defunded to negatively impact mail-in voting options by vowing that he would not implement any further changes until after Election Day.
U.S. Rep. Rand Paul (R-KY) sounded off on the perceived fiscal irresponsibility on display by Postal Service leadership.
“There’s no way to give any money to the post office to make the post office redeemable,” he said in an interview with Fox News Channel host Neil Cavuto. “You cannot fix the post office until you fix their labor problem.”
Paul went on to argue that roughly “50% percent of UPS’ costs are labor and FedEx’s is about 38%,” contrasting that to the 80% he said the USPS reports.
While the local post office remains a widely popular service across the nation, it is becoming increasingly clear that the institution needs a serious overhaul to remain functional for future generations.