Sanders knocks aid for cruise line while Postal Service flounders

Sanders knocks aid for cruise line while Postal Service flounders
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.) took aim Monday at federal coronavirus aid to benefit the Carnival Cruise Line as the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) faces bankruptcy.

“How in the hell does Carnival, a cruise ship company that pays virtually no federal income taxes, receive a bailout, but the Postal Service, the most popular government agency in America, does not?” Sanders tweeted. 

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Sanders linked to a Wall Street Journal article reporting that as Carnival, the world’s largest cruise line operator, hemorrhaged money due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company was able to raise nearly $6 billion in bond markets from investors.

The Postal Service has projected a $13 billion deficit due to the pandemic even as its employees are classified as essential. The union that represents postal workers has said 1,219 have tested positive and 44 have died.

Congress issued $10 billion in loans to USPS in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in March, but Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinLawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal United Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid House Democrats plan to unveil bill next week to avert shutdown MORE reportedly rejected a Senate proposal with bipartisan backing that would have provided a bailout for the postal service.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE has said USPS’s rates for package deliveries benefits companies like Amazon, and Treasury officials are reportedly considering leveraging the loan to alter what it charges for packages.