The House of Representatives hosts an emergency meeting on the financing of the Postal Service
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Democrats propose an additional $ 25 billion transfer to the USPS
On Saturday, the House of Representatives is holding an emergency special meeting at which Democrats are set to pass the Emergency Funding Bill for the United States Postal Service (USPS). This is due to the large-scale mail-order voting, which will be actively used in the November elections in connection with the coronavirus pandemic..
The Democrats raised $ 25 billion for the mail, and canceled recently introduced changes at the agency, including – eliminating high-speed mail sorting machines and blue collection boxes installed on sidewalks in public places, and reducing overtime hours for department employees.
«These changes have resulted in huge [mail delivery] delays reported across the country. It Threatens the Effectiveness of the USPS and Harms Our Democracy», – said the author of the bill, Congresswoman Caroline Maloney.
The changes to the USPS were introduced by Louis Dejoy, postmaster general, who took office in June. Dejoy – one of the major sponsors of the Trump election campaign – said he has introduced cost-cutting measures in post offices that have faced revenue loss in recent years.
Dejoy told senators on Friday that the delivery of ballots would be a priority, stating that his «sacred duty» – to ensure the delivery of such mail. However, he insisted that the blue mail collection boxes and sorting equipment removed from the service, «Not needed».
On Friday, the White House Office of Management and Budget criticized the Democratic-proposed bill, saying it was «overreacting to sensational press reports that unsubstantiated accusations that the USPS was reforming to achieve political rather than operational goals». He said he would recommend that President Donald Trump veto the law if passed in Congress..
The bill, proposed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, is unlikely to be considered in the Senate, where the majority is from the Republicans..
Trump has repeatedly stated that the November elections could be rigged by mailing ballots, arguing that Russia and China could falsify American ballots.
«This will be the greatest electoral disaster in history», – Trump told reporters at the White House last month.
Trump also said he did not want to wait for the election results for «weeks, months or even years» because of the problems that he predicts will arise with the mailed newsletters