President Donald Trump's position on additional funding for the troubled U.S. Postal Service is harmful for people who rely on it for services that don't include voting and is a "contradiction," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
"The president's family was all out in California urging absentee ballot during the special election in the spring," the California Democrat said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," reports NBC News. “They’re hurting seniors. It’s a health issue in 2019. It's even more so in the time of the pandemic. So when the president goes after the Postal Service, he’s going after an all-American, highly-approved, by-the-public institution."
Pelosi also accused Republican negotiators of "losing it in some respects" when asked if Democrats would agree to further coronavirus legislation that doesn't include money for the Postal Service.
“They’re not facing the facts," Pelosi added, pointing out that many Americans rely on the agency for vital services, such as receiving their prescription drugs.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump blamed the stalemate on the stimulus bill talks on Democrats and their push for billions of dollars to ensure the Postal Service will be able to handle mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
He also added that if the relief bill isn't approved, "that means they don't get the money. That means they can't have universal mail-in voting. They just can't have it."
House Democrats are calling for the next pandemic spending bill to roll back operations changes at the post office and to allot $25 billion in funding, along with $3.6 billion for mail-in voting in particular.
Pelosi later on Thursday commented on Trump's statements about the Postal Service, saying that any efforts against the agency are "undermining the health of our democracy."
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