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Pushing for speedy passage of Postal Service overhaul bill hits a snag in the Senate

Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee, opposed a request for unanimous consent from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to provide a technical solution to the bill. Scott argued that there were problems with the legislation and that the Senate should slow down and work to improve it.

As a result, the Senate was unable to proceed with a scheduled vote to move the bill forward on Monday evening. Schumer said not being able to provide the technical fix immediately would delay the bill, but promised the Senate would eventually pass it.

Now, in the absence of an agreement to speed up the process, the Senate will have to restart the procedure necessary to put in place a final vote on the legislation in the chamber. It is not yet known when a final pass vote will take place.

The USPS reform bill has bipartisan support and passed 342 to 92 votes last week. The bill aims to overhaul the Postal Service’s finances to help shore up its financial position and help it to modernize its service.

“I absolutely support something being done to reform the Postal Service and make it more accountable to taxpayers and consumers,” Scott said.

He added, “The Senate should give careful and careful consideration to this bill. We should take all appropriate steps to ensure that we are doing it right. The Senate simply did not have the opportunity to do so.

Schumer responded by saying the USPS reform bill will pass the Senate, but the objection will “delay the bill,” forcing the chamber to go through an “elaborate” floor process.

Schumer went on to say, “It’s unfortunate and it’s sad. There is good news though. Even though it will delay the bill, we will pass it. We will just have to go through this elaborate process, the rules old-fashioned and often discredited Senate bills that the Florida senator employs. We’ll have to use them. But we’ll pass this bill because America needs it.

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan said he expects the bill to pass sometime after the Senate returns from its next recess next week. “It will happen after the break,” he said, noting that they “will resume as quickly as possible.”

“There is strong support to take it back,” he said. “The momentum is there. The support is there. It was just a setback.”

Schumer has called for a quick passage through the Senate, but the majority leader said earlier Monday that he planned to try to work through a technical solution to the Postal Service Reform Bill later in the day by unanimous consent and hoped that Republicans would not block the currency.

Schumer described the fix as necessary to correct “a small clerical error made by the House of Representatives when it sent its bill to the Senate” and said “it has nothing to do with the substance of the law Project”.

CNN’s Ted Barrett and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.


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