WASHINGTON – House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) today opposed the Democrats’ partisan Nonpartisan Postmaster General Act (H.R. 8109) during the Committee’s markup and blasted them for opposing Republican amendments to improve the bill. He called on Democrats to instead work on meaningful postal reform.
“Today’s passage of another partisan postal bill, ironically named the Nonpartisan Postmaster General Act, shows once again that Democrats would rather promote their baseless conspiracy theory than work on meaningful reform to improve the Postal Service. Not only does this bill take away an individual’s right to engage in the political process, it also potentially prevents the bipartisan Board of Governors from appointing the most qualified Postmaster General to lead the Postal Service.
“Republicans called Democrats’ bluff at the markup, offering several amendments to bolster Americans’ confidence in the upcoming election but Democrats opposed all of them. Their actions around the Postal Service are all about politics, not about improving the Postal Service or looking out for the interests of the American people. I urge my Democratic colleagues to stop playing politics with the Postal Service and instead work with us to deliver a more efficient, effective, and financially sustainable Postal Service for the American people.”
At the markup, Republicans offered multiple amendments to improve the Democrats’ flawed bill, but Democrats opposed them.
Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) offered three amendments to:
- Ensure timely delivery of ballots by preventing postal workers from going on strike during an election;
- Increase penalties for tampering with a postmark; and
- Apply the Democrats’ proposal to limit political activities to all postmasters across the U.S., not just the Postmaster General.
Subcommittee on Government Operations Jody Hice (R-Ga.) offered an amendment to ensure timely delivery of election mail by preventing postal employees from using official time for union activity up until the 2020 national election when they should instead be focusing on delivering America’s mail.
The Democrats opposed all four amendments, showing that their postal conspiracy is about politics during an election year, not about delivering mail-in ballots to Americans on time.