GOP lawmaker to introduce legislation to mandate picture of president, VP at post offices

GOP lawmaker to introduce legislation to mandate picture of president, VP at post offices
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Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) is planning to introduce legislation that will mandate that post offices of the U.S. Postal Service display photos of the president and the vice president.

A draft of the legislation Donovan plans to introduce says it would require that official portraits of the president and vice president be displayed side-by-side.


The proposal comes after a Staten Island resident alerted Donovan that a local post office put up photos of former President Obama and former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden to Trump: If you think revoking Brennan's clearance will silence him, 'you just don't know the man' The Hill's 12:30 Report Lewandowski says Bloomberg would be 'very competitive' against Trump in 2020 MORE, but did not display photos of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE or Vice President Pence.

Donovan is facing a primary challenge from former Rep. Michael Grimm, who finished an eight-month prison sentence in 2016 for pleading guilty to tax fraud and famously once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony.

Donovan won a special election to fill the seat after Grimm resigned in early 2015.

Grimm has been aggressively running to the right of Donovan since launching his campaign and has been trumpeting his support for Trump.

So far, Republicans are largely sticking with Donovan as they look to fend off Democrats who are itching to flip the seat. Trump carried the district by 10 points in 2016, after Obama won it narrowly in 2012.