Democrats Want $25 Billion for U.S. Postal Service in Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats would like to see $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service in the next major coronavirus legislation before the House of Representatives, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Wednesday.

“I think there is consensus in the Democratic Party, that’s needed,” he said in a conference call. Hoyer said the $25 billion was what Democrats believe the service needs to stay viable.

The Democratic-majority House is not in session this week to avoid possible health risks posed by the coronavirus, but its leaders have been working on another legislative package to follow previously passed measures that have already allocated nearly $3 trillion to coronavirus relief.

Hoyer said he hopes the next measure will be a bipartisan effort, saying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be discussing it with officials at the Republican-run Senate and White House. But if a bipartisan package is not possible, he said, the Democratic-majority House still plans to proceed with a vote on its priorities.


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