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Spurred by issues about delayed supply of mail-in ballots, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking lawmakers again early from their August recess. She’s calling for a vote on laws that will block the U.S. Postal Service from making operational modifications.
The speaker is planning a vote for later this week on the Delivering for America Act, launched by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, which “prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020.”
Since taking on in mid-June, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has carried out a collection of modifications which have prompted slower mail deliveries. He says they’re geared toward chopping prices and enhancing effectivity, however the modifications have alarmed postal staff and their unions, who cautioned that the brand new insurance policies will enhance delays and make it tougher for staff to do their jobs.
In late July the Postal Service warned election officers in most states that it might not have the ability to ship some mail-in ballots in time to be counted for the November election.
Pelosi stated President Trump was instituting a “campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters.” She stated DeJoy, a serious donor to President Trump and Republican campaigns, is pushing to “degrade postal service, delay the mail, and — according to the Postal Service itself — threaten to deny the ability of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming elections in a timely fashion.”
News shops in current days have reported the Postal Service was eradicating mail assortment containers and high-speed mail sorting machines. (In a press release to NPR Sunday, a postal service spokesperson stated assortment field elimination will stop for the following 90 days “while we evaluate our customers’ concerns.”) Under DeJoy, postal staff have been barred from working additional time and needed to let some mail go undelivered till the following day. Mail delays have since been reported throughout the nation.
Pelosi additionally referred to as for House Democrats to take part in a “day of action” on Tuesday and maintain press occasions at put up places of work of their districts.
Earlier on Sunday, Maloney, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, referred to as for an “urgent” listening to into the Postal Service modifications. In a letter to DeJoy, Maloney requested the postmaster common to clarify why he had made so many modifications with lower than three months to go till the upcoming presidential election.
“Over the past several weeks, there have been startling new revelations about the scope and gravity of operational changes you are implementing at hundreds of postal facilities without consulting adequately with Congress, the Postal Regulatory Commission, or the Board of Governors,” Maloney wrote.
“Your testimony is particularly urgent given the troubling influx of reports of widespread delays at postal facilities across the country — as well as President Trump’s explicit admission last week that he has been blocking critical coronavirus funding for the Postal Service in order to impair mail-in voting efforts for the upcoming elections in November.”
Maloney additionally referred to as for Robert Duncan, chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, to seem on the Aug. 24 listening to.
The consideration to the Postal Service has been amplified by President Trump, who has attacked mail-in voting and initially stated on Thursday that he opposed extra funding for the Postal Service as a result of it will help people vote by mail. He later walked again these feedback.
NPR’s Vanessa Romo contributed to this report.