Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would continue voting scheduled for Saturday on a bill to give the United States Postal Service a $ 25 billion infusion to help with mail-in ballots, calling the decision of the Postmaster General allied to Donald Trump to suspend the efforts that the Democrats have seen. like trying to tip the presidential election as an “insufficient first step”.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has said he will suspend changes he makes to the United States Postal Service (USPS) until the end of the November election to avoid accusations he and officials of the The Trump administration is interfering with the presidential race by trying to reduce Democratic votes and help the president win a second term.
His announcement came just a day after Mr DeJoy agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee on August 24 to address the latest administration scandal.
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“Postmaster’s announcement DeJoy of what could be a temporary pause in operational changes delaying mailing is a necessary but insufficient first step to end the president’s campaign of election sabotage. This hiatus only stops a limited number of Postmaster changes, does not reverse the damage already done and is not enough on its own to ensure that voters are not disenfranchised by the President this fall, ”he said. Ms. Pelosi said in a statement.
“The House will go ahead with our vote this Saturday on the President [Carolyn] Maloney’s Delivering for America Act, which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing changes in operations or the level of service it put in place on January 1, 2020, and provides $ 25 billion in critical funding to support the service postal: the same level of funding recommended by the Board of Governors of the USPS, which is made up of 100% of those appointed by Trump, ”added the Democrat of California. “We will also ask the Postmaster General for answers in his testimony next week.
Prior to taking over the post, Mr. DeJoy was a major donor to Trump’s campaign coffers.
Mr. Trump has denied pushing the USPS chief to make changes to improve his chances of re-election. He said Tuesday at a White House event blaming Democrats for the hubbub.
“Democrats want to make it a political issue. It is not a political question; it really is a correct vote, ”Mr. Trump said.
“You have to vote, vote straight. You can’t have millions upon millions of ballots sent out everywhere, sent to dead people, sent to dogs, cats – sent to everyone, ”said the president, who hangs out nationwide and in the main states of swing. “I mean, it’s a serious situation. These are not games. And you have to do it right. I just want to do it right. Win, lose or draw. I think we will win.
“Win, lose or draw,” he repeated, “we have to do it right.”
Mr DeJoy’s appearance on the House side of the Capitol, however, will not be the first time he has addressed lawmakers on the drama.
Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, announced that his panel will hear from the Postmaster General on Friday.
This session will provide Mr. DeJoy with a friendlier audience. Democrats on the panel will ask questions, but House Democrats will control the hammer next week – and are generally freer in their comments and questions than their more regal and sober Senate colleagues.
Mr. Trump was asked on Tuesday if he thought the bill put together by the Democrats in the House was sound legislation. He took no position on the bill itself.
“Well, they’re going to do something in Congress, but everything they do is political. For example, why don’t they do it now, instead of Monday? They picked a day, actually, they picked another day Monday, as you know. Well, that’s where the Republican Convention begins, ”he said of Mr DeJoy’s testimony in the House on Monday. “Why don’t they do it for [this week’s] Democratic convention? Because everything they do, Nancy and [Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer], they play games.
But they accuse him of playing non-political, but unconstitutional games with the USPS, which is required to function by the US Constitution. When those allegations started flying last week, Mr. Trump changed his mind by not promising to block any fifth coronavirus recovery bill that included the $ 25 billion for the post office, saying Friday that ‘he would likely sign such a measure if the Democrats gave in to his demands. new funds to help the school reopen and other items.