President Nancy Pelosi will ask the House of Representatives to resume its work in the coming days to vote on a bill to protect the US postal service.
In a letter published on Sunday, Pelosi accused President Trump of “campaigning to sabotage the election.”
It comes after the USPS warned that millions of mail-in ballots might not arrive in time to be counted in the election.
Critics blamed the new USPS chief – a staunch supporter of the president – for slowing deliveries.
A record number of people are expected to vote by mail ahead of the November 3 presidential election due to the pandemic.
The president has repeatedly said that the postal ballots will lead to electoral fraud and give Democratic rival Joe Biden a boost. However, experts say the postal voting system, which Mr. Trump himself uses, is immune to tampering.
In a letter released Sunday, Pelosi criticized plans by new USPS chief Louis DeJoy, which she said would “degrade the postal service, delay mail, and – according to the Postal Service itself – threaten to deny the capacity of eligible Americans. to vote by mail in the next elections in due course ”.
“The lives, the livelihoods and the life of our American democracy are threatened by the president,” she added.
Ms Pelosi said she would call on House officials to vote on a new bill to ban the USPS from making changes to the service or operations it provided earlier this week. to come up. The date of the vote has not yet been announced.
She also joined a number of Democrats in calling on Mr. DeJoy and another senior USPS official to testify at an “urgent” hearing of the Parliamentary Committee on Oversight and Reform on August 24.
Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, accused Mr. Trump of attacking postal voting and the USPS in an attempt to “undermine the election.”
President Trump has previously told Fox News he is blocking additional funding for the financially troubled agency because he opposes postal voting.
“Now they need this money to run the post office so that it can get all these millions and millions of votes,” he said. “Now if we don’t do a deal, it means they don’t get the money. This means that they can’t have a universal postal vote, they just can’t have it. “