US House adopts Post reforms that are seen as a threat to emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Saturday on providing the $ 25 billion cash-strapped Postal Service and blocking policies that worry about post-in balloting for the 3 elections.

PHILO PHOTO: A woman reached out to cast her vote for Maryland’s primary election at a dropbox in Rockville, Maryland, USA, June 2, 2020. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque

The Democratic House of Representatives is widely expected to pass the bill, called the ‘Delivering for America Act’, on a rare Saturday afternoon by Second Chamber member Nancy Pelosi during the August recession. But it is likely not included in the Republican-controlled Senate.

With the voice of e-mail in the expectation of escalating during the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has alerted Democrats by repeatedly dismissing post-in messages as a possible source of fraud. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has recently suspended austerity measures that have slowed deliveries in recent weeks.

“These changes are causing major delays, reporting across the country, threatening the effectiveness of the Postal Service and undermining our democracy,” said Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney, the author of the bill.

DeJoy told a House committee on Friday that the Post Office would deliver “safe and timely” votes in the November election, but said major changes could follow.

Democrats insist congressional action is needed. “We can not trust this administration, period,” said House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern at a hearing that set the parameters for Saturday’s vote.

The White House said on Friday that it strongly opposed the bill and Trump recommended it be vetoed.

Maloney rejected a provision allowing citizens to file with the Postal Service over delays in a bid to withdraw Republican support.

But Republicans said the bill would stop necessary reforms.

“This bill does nothing to help the Post Office modernize and improve the services. In fact, it prevents the Postal Service from doing anything to address operational issues, “said Republican Rep. James Comer.

Report by David Morgan; Edited by Andy Sullivan and Alistair Bell

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