Trump strongly opposed the bill, and just before the roll call tweeted, urging a “no vote.” But only two Illinoisans followed his direction: Channahon’s Adam Kinzinger, and Peoria’s Darin LaHood.
Voting yes with the Democrats were Mike Bost of Murphysboro and Taylorville’s Rodney Davis, both of which face tough reelection foes. Davis even put out a press release about his vote, saying that while he does not agree with Democrats that the election is in danger of sabotage, “We’re in the (COVID-19) pandemic, the Postal Service is vital to our society, and they need our help.”
Voters are beginning to squawk, especially in rural and some suburban districts, and as I suggested the other day, Democrats sense they’ve got a good issue here and are going to continue to push it as hard as they can.
Not voting on the measure was Collinsville’s John Shimkus, who is retiring after this term.
Overall, the bill passed by an almost veto-proof 257 to 150, with 26 Republicans joining 231 Democrats (including all of those from Illinois) to send the measure on, with 23 other Republicans not voting.
U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy remains in damage-control mode, denying that he went too far and saying today that he’ll actually authorize extra overtime the last two weeks before the election so that all of those mail ballots Trump says he doesn’t like actually get to local authorities on time to count.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won’t call the House bill for a vote. But if the politics in largely rural states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arizona, Maine and Montana are the same as they are in downstate Illinois, McConnell could be endangering the reelection of GOP senators in those states if he holds firm. We’ll see if a doable compromise emerges after this week’s Republican National Convention.