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House Passes Delivering for America Act in Unprecedented Vote

Today, members of the House of Representatives made their way back to Washington on a Saturday during August recess, during a pandemic, to pass the Delivering for America Act (H.R. 8015), a bill that provides $25 billion in direct financial relief to the Postal Service and ensures that no changes in service can be made that would result in delays during the pandemic.

The bill passed by a vote of 257-150, with 26 Republicans joining Democrats to vote in favor of the bill including Reps: Don Bacon (R-NE), Troy Balderson (R-OH), Mike Bost (R-IL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Sam Graves (R-MO), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Will Hurd (R-TX), Dave Joyce (R-OH), John Katko (R-NY), Peter King (R-NY), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), David McCaul (R-TX), David McKinley (R-WV), Tom Reed (R-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Pete Stauber (R-MN), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Mike Turner (R-OH), Fred Upton (D-MI), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Don Yong (R-AK).

“NALC deeply appreciates members of Congress setting aside partisan politics over the Postal Service and voting to ensure that letter carriers have every tool necessary to meet the needs of the public in delivering, mail, essentials and in preparation for November,” said NALC President Fredric Rolando. “We hope the White House and Senate will follow the lead of the House of Representatives and work to provide the same relief.”

Passage of the bill comes following a breakdown in negotiations among the White House, House and Senate on a larger Covid-relief bill. The House passed the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) four months ago and the Senate has subsequently announced two limited measures, neither of which has been discussed in the Senate. The Senate does not intend to return to Congress until after Labor Day, where it will have only a few weeks to reach a deal on a Covid measure and fund the government beyond September 30.