Nancy Pelosi Calls House Members Back To D.C. To Try To Stop Changes At Postal Service

( House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling members of the House back to Washington, D.C., this week to try to block President Donald Trump from enacting changes to the U.S. Postal Service.

House members were on recess that was scheduled to last through September 14, but Pelosi announced Sunday she would be changing that immediately. The House could vote as early as this Saturday on a proposal that would stop Trump from overhauling the USPS.

Democrats are very concerned about recently announced plans to cut back on service at the Postal Service before the November 3 General Election. The party fears Trump is directing the new head of the USPS, Louis DeJoy, to make changes that will hurt the ability of millions of voters to vote-by-mail.

So far, some of these changes that DeJoy has made have led to service interruptions and backlogs at the Postal Service. Democrats fear this could cause a huge problem ahead of the presidential election.

In a letter to House Democrats on Sunday, Pelosi 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.

“That is why I am calling upon the House to return to session later this week to vote on Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman [Carolyn] Maloney’s ‘Delivering for America Act,’ which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020.”

House Democrats have also demanded that DeJoy appear at an emergency hearing on Monday, August 24, to explain the changes he’s implementing. Many Democrats are concerned that he’s acting at Trump’s behest, as he is a donor to the president.

Along with Maloney, Pelosi said this weekend that changes at the USPS “are slowing the mail and jeopardizing the integrity of the election.”

Some of these changes include offering conflicting information on mail-in ballots, restricting certain deliveries and cracking down on employees’ overtime hours.

The Democrats’ $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed in May included $25 billion in aid to the USPS, as well as $3.6 billion for security surrounding the election. When Democrats entered negotiations with White House officials, the group settled on a sum of $10 billion in support to the agency.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also called upon leaders of his chamber to return to Washington, D.C., to act as well. He wants the Senate to be around to vote on the House bill, once it’s passed, to “undo the extensive damage Mr. DeJoy has done at the Postal Service.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said these actions by Democrats are being done as a distraction from the fact that they weren’t able to nail down a relief bill with White House negotiators. In a statement, he said:

“Republicans are 100% committed to ensuring a fair and accurate election. Whether Americans choose to vote in-person — which Dr. Fauci has stated will be safe — or vote absentee, I have complete confidence in the integrity of our electoral process.

“House Democrats are simply attempting to distract from the fact that their ridiculous demands are dragging down the American recovery and adding more uncertainty to people’s livelihoods.”