Aug. 16, 2020, 11:25 AM CDT / Updated Aug. 16, 2020, 6:26 PM CDT
By Allan Smith and Tim Stelloh

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she is calling lawmakers back to session this week to vote on a bill that would bar changes to the U.S. Postal Service amid fears over delayed ballots.

In a letter to Democrats, Pelosi, D-Calif., cited President Donald Trump's "campaign to sabotage the election," saying he was manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters.

 

Pelosi said she is calling on House members to return from their August recess this week and vote on the bill, called the Delivering for America Act. The bill, introduced by Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., would prohibit officials from implementing changes at the Postal Service until next year, Pelosi said.

Democratic leaders said they were scheduling an emergency hearing this month for top Postal Service officials to testify before Congress after the agency sounded the alarm about its ability to handle increased mail-in voting.

 

"Alarmingly, the Postmaster General — a Trump mega-donor — has acted as an accomplice in the president's campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards and delay the mail," Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement earlier.

 

"The Postal Service itself has warned that voters — even if they send in their ballots by state deadlines — may be disenfranchised in 46 states and in Washington, D.C., by continued delays," the statement continued. "This constitutes a grave threat to the integrity of the election and to our very democracy."

 

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