Speaker Nancy Pelosi is cutting the House of Representative’s summer recess short to urgently act on the Postal Services Bill, after seeming threat to American rights was felt from President Donald Trump himself.
On Sunday, Speaker Pelosi released an official letter recalling the House of Representatives back to session to address an important matter, the issue on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which is detrimental to the upcoming 2020 Presidential elections, and to the daily lives of the Americans amid the pandemic.
Is American Democracy under threat?
The call from Speaker Pelosi had a sense of urgency, which includes Trump’s open opposition towards the mail-in ballot voting. Due to this, there have been changes implemented in the USPS that need intervening.
The Speaker of the House wrote, “Alarmingly, across the nation, we see the devastating effects of the President’s campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters.”
She then emphasized:
“Lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy are under threat from the President.”
It should be noted that just last week, President Trump was very vocal on-air and on other platforms about its deep dissent on providing much-needed funding to the USPS, as it will be materialized for the upcoming 2020 U.S. elections, specifically for the mail-in ballot voting.
Trump’s campaign has been fighting against this certain way of voting by filling a high-profile suit earlier this year, on the grounds of mail-in voting fraud. Judge Ranjan has since ordered the plaintiffs to submit evidence supporting such a claim.
Alarmingly, Postmaster General DeJoy has acted as an accomplice in the President’s effort to cheat the election and manipulate the Postal Service to deny eligible voters access to the ballot in pursuit of his own re-election. #DontMessWithUSPS
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 16, 2020
The need to reverse Postal Service changes
Following Trump’s very vocal dissent came the announcement from the Postal Service that due to cost-cutting measures, mail deliveries are slowed down. Should this be the case come election period, having mail-in ballots in time would be very difficult, which means many of the votes won’t be counted.
The Speaker of the House names Postmaster general DeJoy on her letter, saying:
“Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, one of the top Trump mega-donors, has proven a complicit crony as he continues to push forward sweeping new operational changes that 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.”
During an uncertain time such as today, while the U.S. faces the biggest battle against the coronavirus, the Americans will strongly rely on mail-in ballots to avoid the risk of catching COVID-19 outside.
Speaker Pelosi emphasized:
“TO SAVE THE POSTAL SERVICE, I AM ALSO CALLING UPON MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN A DAY OF ACTION ON TUESDAY BY APPEARING AT A POST OFFICE IN THEIR DISTRICTS FOR A PRESS EVENT. IN A TIME OF A PANDEMIC, THE POSTAL SERVICE IS ELECTION CENTRAL. AMERICANS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR VOTE.“
The assault by President Trump & his mega-donor Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on the Postal Service threatens lives, livelihood & life of our American democracy. I am calling on the House to return to vote on Chairwoman Maloney’s "Delivering for America Act." #DontMessWithUSPS
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 17, 2020
The return to the session will have the House vote on Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Maloney’s bill entitled “Delivering for America Act.” The act will prevent and reverse “unprecedented changes proposed by the new Postmaster General” to the USPS placed on January 1, 2020, until the pandemic ends.
Chairman Maloney said in a statement:
“Our Postal Service should not become an instrument of partisan politics, but instead must be protected as a neutral, independent entity that focuses on one thing and one thing only—delivering the mail.”
Meanwhile, the date of the House’s return has not been set yet. Nevertheless, House Democratic Leader Hoyer is tasked to announce the legislative schedule this week.
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