CASH-strapped Americans could receive their stimulus check soon after the House was recalled on Monday for a vote on the Postal Service.
The second round of £1,200 checks have been held up after talks stalled as Democrats and Republicans clashed over the package.
One of the sticking points was the US Postal Service – with Trump threatening to block a stimulus bill that included emergency funding for the service.
So the fact the House has been recalled for a vote on the Post Office bill, which could take place as early as Saturday, means the stimulus deadlock could soon be over.
The Postal Service is preparing to handle an election that could see most if not all Americans vote by mail, a process Trump has said could lead to widespread fraud.
House Democrats want the USPS bailout included in a bill that would send $1,200 checks to Americans struggling during the pandemic.
“No, not at all,” President Trump said when asked if he would reject any relief bill that includes postal service aid.
“But one of the reasons the post office needs that much money is they have all these millions of ballots coming in from nowhere and nobody knows from where and where they’re going.”
Mail-in ballots have been touted as vital by many, who see them as an important step in combating the pandemic while allowing voting to take place.
“Americans should not have to choose between their health and their vote,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in August.
Pelosi has recently pushed for a postal service vote, according to The New York Times.
Experts have slammed the president’s critique of mail-in votes.
Amber McReynolds, former director of the Denver Elections Division and CEO of the National Vote At Home Institute, says that even if mail-in ballots would make up .2% of total volume for the US Postal Service, according to Business Insider
The package would also provide $3.6 billion in election assistance funding. President Trump downplayed the significance of assistance funding and USPS aid as “two points within a big deal.”
“…what I’m against is doing something where the people aren’t taken care of. And the people aren’t being taken care of properly,” he said.
“We want the people to get money, it wasn’t their fault that they got shut down.”