Meadows: Democrats' Postal Service funding bill meant to make a political statement

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship MORE on Sunday decried Democratic leaders’ legislation on U.S. Postal Service funding, calling it a “political statement.”

"The $25 billion largely messaging bill" proposed by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) "has nothing to do with voting," Meadows said on "Fox News Sunday," and "has everything to do with a political statement." 

"I offered $10 billion plus reforms for the Postal Service that they’ve been asking for for a long time to Speaker Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE [D-N.Y.], and when we offered that, there was another thing that came along with that. The postmaster general said he was willing to pay whatever overtime is needed to make sure we deliver the mail on time," Meadows said.


“The Speaker said she was not willing to do anything piecemeal, and yet we have a piecemeal piece of legislation on a Saturday,” he continued, blasting Pelosi for not introducing similar standalone bills on issues such as enhanced unemployment. “If we’re going to be serious about this, let’s be serious about this.”

The House on Saturday passed a $25 billion bill that would prevent the Postal Service from making any changes to its operations that could slow the delivery of mail-in ballots for this fall’s elections.

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“I think what we have is we need to make sure our polls are safe, and we need to make sure the polling places continue to be there,” Meadows responded. “I think what the president was really addressing is to make sure if you want to show up and vote in person, we need to make sure that that is safe.”

The White House chief of staff went on to suggest law enforcement presence would be necessary because “sometimes ... because of social distancing we see a lot more aggressive behavior than I’ve ever seen in a grocery store.”

“To the extent that we’re going to deploy thousands of sheriffs, no,” he added.