House lawmakers last weekend took a brief hiatus from their August recess to return to Washington, D.C., for a vote on legislation intended to prevent policy changes at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Reports of mail delivery delays and concerning policy changes at USPS caused public concern over the past several weeks, especially with many states encouraging mail-in voting for this year’s election. The House approved the legislation on a bipartisan vote, but the Senate is unlikely to consider the bill.
House leaders rejected a push among many House Democrats to hold a concurrent vote on COVID-19 legislation that would extend enhanced unemployment benefits that expired at the end of July.
COVID-19 Legislative Negotiations Remain at Impasse
Meanwhile, the White House and congressional leaders have made no progress in negotiations toward a bipartisan compromise on the next COVID-19 supplemental package.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers urged House leadership to resume negotiations on a legislative relief package to meet ongoing public health and economic needs resulting from the pandemic. Democratic leaders continue to rebuff a piecemeal legislative approach to addressing the varied aspects of the pandemic, opting instead to maintain focus on passing a larger, more comprehensive bill.
America’s Essential Hospitals members should use this time to urge their congressional delegations to contact House and Senate leadership and press for quick action on legislation to provide additional COVID-19 relief for essential hospitals.