House Passes $25B Bill To Boost Postal Service

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The House on Saturday passed legislation that would prevent the U.S. Postal Service from making any changes to its operations that could slow delivery of mailed-in ballots for this fall’s elections.

The bill passed largely along party lines, 257-150, with 26 Republicans bucking party leaders to support it.

Read more at The Hill.



  1. The postal service claims the following statistics.
    In 2006 it handled 213.1 billion pieces of mail (4 billion per week).
    In 2019 that dropped to 142.57 billion (2.74 billion per week) or 390 million per day.
    Even if the entire US population (both eligible and not eligible!) of some 330 million people voted, that would not reach even a single day’s volume for the postal service.
    The major problem and bottleneck is the ballot handling at the state level – each state controls its own ballots – and most states are nowhere near capable of ballot-handling the volumes. And that has nothing to do with the postal service.

    On might suspect this is a “bribe” to the postal union – with an implied promise that instead of restructuring it (that could weaken the union hold) to shower them with more money to prop up a decaying system (so as to give unions more dues).


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