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

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsStephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here Trump attacks Karl Rove: 'A pompous fool with bad advice' 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 PelosiSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Pence pleaded with military officials to 'clear the Capitol' on Jan. 6: AP Democrats see political winner in tax fight 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 SchumerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally H.R. 1/S. 1: Democrats defend their majorities, not honest elections McCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border 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.

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“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.

Host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAnne Frank's stepsister: Trump 'obviously admired Hitler' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate Battle lines drawn on Biden's infrastructure plan MORE also questioned Meadows on Sunday about comments President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE made to Fox News’s Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityCruz on Boehner: 'I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn' MSNBC host: Boehner going after GOP 'crazies' now is 'too little too late' Sean Hannity responds to former Speaker Boehner: 'What's up with all the crying John?' MORE suggesting he would deploy law enforcement to the polls on Election Day.

“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.