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Brooks opposes Postal Service bailout, vote by mail

Congressman Mo Brooks speaking on the House floor.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, is calling the U.S. House of Representatives back into session to consider massive legislation dealing with the U.S. Postal Service. Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced his opposition to the postal system bailout.

“With lies and propaganda, the Socialist Democrats are attempting to convince the American people that President Trump is rigging the November election by opposing their Postal Service bailout,” Brooks said on social media. “All voters have the right to go to the polls on election day and vote. That’s the way we’ve operated for more than two centuries in America and it has worked just fine. That process worked during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1920.”

Some Democrats have claimed that mail-in voting is necessary due to COVID-19 fears.

“Mail in voting opens the door for massive voter fraud,” Brooks said. “I agree with President Trump’s position. The U.S. Postal Service is not equipped to facilitate mail in voting. Bless their hearts, every now and then letter carriers lose or misplace mail. Mailing ballots to people won’t work. People move around. No database of mailing addresses is 100% accurate. I don’t want Americans to lose their voting rights because either they never received their ballot or their ballot was lost on the way back to the election official for counting. Mail in voting is very different from Alabama’s absentee voting process that has safeguards built in to protect the integrity of elections. I joined WVNN yesterday to discuss my position and respond to fake news mischaracterization of President Trump’s statement on mail in voting.”

Democratic demands that support for the Postal Service be part of the coronavirus relief package is one reason why Congress could not reach an agreement on a bipartisan coronavirus relief plan. Nearly 180 million Americans are eligible to vote by mail.

“If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money,” Trump told Fox News. “That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting. They just can’t have it.”

Later Thursday, Trump told reporters at the White House that he would not veto legislation that has funding for the Postal Service but added that “the reason the post office needs that much money is they have all of these millions of ballots coming in from nowhere and nobody knows from where and where they’re going.”

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There is no evidence of widespread fraud in absentee or mail-in voting.

“The money they need for the mail-in ballots would be taken care of,” Trump said. “If we agree to it. That doesn’t mean we’re going to agree to it.”

Pelosi called the House back into session on Sunday to take up legislation that would reverse operational change, but not provide additional USPS funding made by new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy earlier this year that he said had “unintended consequences” and led to delays.

Brooks represents Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. Brooks is serving in his fifth term and appears to be cruising to his sixth term.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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