Speaker Nancy Pelosi recalls House over postal service bill
Democrats demand answers from the postmaster general, who came up with proposals to cut costs months before the election
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summons lawmakers out of summer to vote on funding for the U.S. Postal Service amid proposals by new postmaster general to cut spending.
Democrats fear these cuts are intended to delay the delivery of ballots for the November 3 presidential election.
The House of Representatives will have a bill to prevent the Post Office from making changes in “operations or service level,” as Pelosi called them, from early 2020.
“The Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution, and is needed to deliver essential services: the delivery of prescriptions, Social Security checks, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans, including in the most remote communities.” Pelosi said.
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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to convene the Senate to take swift action over the “massive damage” he said was done by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy so that “people can get their paychecks, medicines on time and other things they need, as well as to guarantee absolutely free and fair elections “.
Pelosi and Schumer called on Dejoy and Postal Service Chairman Robert Duncan to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee next week.
President Donald Trump, without presenting any evidence, stated that a mail-order vote would result in election fraud. He admitted last week that he is delaying $ 25 billion in emergency funding for the Postal Service to make it difficult to vote by mail..
He later backtracked, saying he would approve funding if Democrats approve a Republican-backed coronavirus relief package..
“The president has made it clear that he intends to manipulate the Postal Service to deny voters access to the ballots in an effort to secure re-election,” Pelosi and Schumer said earlier. “The Postmaster General and the senior management of the Postal Service must answer to Congress and the American people why they are pursuing this dangerous new policy that threatens to drown out the voices of millions of people in the months leading up to the elections.”.
Postmaster General Dejoy is a wealthy Republican donor and Trump’s appointee who has yet to say if he will testify. However, Schumer said that if he refused to “appear before Congress” he should be fired..
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows denies accusations that Trump is trying to manipulate the voting process.
“The President of the United States will not interfere with how anyone legally votes — whether it’s the Postal Service or anything else,” Meadows told CNN on Sunday..
“Several states are trying to figure out how they will move to universal suffrage by mail,” Meadows said. “It’s awful if we don’t know the results of the November 3 elections and, perhaps, don’t know them for several months. This is problematic for me, because the Constitution says that then Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives will, in fact, elect the president on January 20 “.
Postal ballots are expected to skyrocket this year as voters may fear queuing outside polling stations to vote in person during a pandemic.
Nine of the 50 states plan to vote in November almost exclusively by mail. Millions of voters in other states can receive a ballot in the mail if asked to do so. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have already requested mailing ballots for Florida, which has become their second home state..
Trump said there is a difference between voting by mail and absentee voting required for a situation where a voter will be absent from their constituency on election day..
Many analysts believe there is no evidence to suggest that mail-order voting gives one party an edge over another. In their opinion, creating obstacles to voting by mail could turn against Republicans, among whom there are many elderly voters who may prefer to vote by mail rather than in person amid the pandemic..
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Natalka Pisnya (real name and surname). Journalist, specialization – Russian investigation, economics, domestic and international American politics, relations between the United States, Ukraine and Russia. She worked in the Washington bureau of the BBC, headed the American bureau of the Ukrainian television company 1 + 1, covered 2 Ukrainian revolutions, worked in the East of Ukraine, collaborated with Ukrainian television channels TVi, “Channel 5”, ICTV, weekly “Mirror of the Week” and web portal “New time”. Came to journalism in 1997. On the Voice of America – since 2018.
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