What’s Really Going On At The Postal Service

President Trump on Thursday suggested he was holding up a deal on coronavirus relief in part to ensure the U.S. Postal Service would not have sufficient funds to handle mass mail-in ballots this fall, falsely conflating various pressures the agency is facing.

While congressional Democrats are seeking to provide $25 billion to USPS to help the cash-strapped agency, postal management has never indicated it requires that funding to deliver absentee and other mailed ballots for the forthcoming election. To the contrary, USPS has repeatedly made clear it can easily absorb any uptick in mailed ballots and has long been preparing for such an event.

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Eric Katz