Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told CNN on Sunday that he and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are looking at putting together a standalone bill to fund the United States Postal Service, which is currently embroiled in controversy as it pulls back some of its abilities to efficiently count mail ahead of the November elections.
“Speaker Pelosi and I are looking at having a standalone bill,” Schumer said, adding that Pelosi can call back members of the House from an August recess and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can do the same.
Negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on a new coronavirus stimulus package have been at a standstill, with Democrats preferring a singular bill over a piecemeal approach.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voiced his support for a standalone bill as well, noting that the House passed its $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, the HEROES Act, in May, which provided $25 billion to the postal service.
Also on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows signaled the White House may support a standalone bill funding the USPS, saying, “I’m all about piecemeal. If we can agree on postal, let’s do it.”