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- Rep. Will Hurd is retiring from Congress at the end of his term.
Hurd was also just one of two Texas Republicans to support the legislation, which passed Saturday. Michael McCaul of Austin was the other.
In a tweet, Hurd said USPS provides absentee ballots, prescriptions and more during the pandemic. "They are essential, and, like always, I will continue to support them," he tweeted.
The US Postal Service is vital. They provide prescriptions, absentee ballots, a method to pay bills and so much more to the American people, and they’re doing this throughout the pandemic. They are essential, and, like always, I will continue to support them.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 22, 2020
In a statement, San Antonio-Austin U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a sponsor of the legislation, thanked Republicans who crossed the aisle and admonished the rest for "following Trump in his desperate march to undermine democracy."
"Today’s rejection by Trump’s Republican enablers makes clear their intent to sacrifice reliable postal service in order to impair voter participation,” Doggett said.
The GOP-controlled Senate is unlikely to take up the legislation, and President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the funding increase.
Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones and Republican Tony Gonzales are running to replace Hurd in November.
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