Pelosi vows to protect postal service, calls organization ‘election central’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling on her caucus to come to the defense of the United States Postal Service and support legislation to provide additional funding for the organization.
“In a time of a pandemic, the Postal Service is Election Central,” Pelosi said. “Americans should not have to choose between their health and their vote.”
Pelosi lashed out on Postmaster General Louis Dejoy calling him a mega donor to President Donald Trump who is attempting to degrade the USPS.
“Alarmingly, across the nation, we see the devastating effects of the President’s campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters,” Pelosi said. “Dejoy has proven a complicit crony as he continues to push forward sweeping new operational changes that degrade postal service, delay the mail, and, according to the Postal Service itself, threaten to deny the ability of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming elections in a timely fashion.”
The Speaker plans to call the House back into session later this week to vote on the “Delivering for America Act,” which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020. She has also asked House Democrats to participate in a so-called “Day of Action” on Tuesday by holding press events at their local post offices.
The USPS has warned 46 states and the District of Columbia that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail will arrive in time to be counted in the November election. This resulted in Democrats asking for $25 billion, including $3.5 billion in election resources to assist the postal service.
President Trump and Republicans have been warning Americans for months that mail-in voting will result in serious fraud. Still, the president seemed willing to OK the funding if Democrats worked with him on some of his funding priorities.
“Sure, if they give us what we want,” Trump said at a press conference referring to the funding for the USPS. “And it’s not what I want, it’s what the American people want.”
Trump also told Fox News that Democrats are wanting billions for something that is fraudulent. He said mail-in ballots have been sent to dogs and deceased people.
“They want $3.5 billion for something that’s fraudulent, for the mail-in votes, universal mail-in ballots. They want $25 billion for the post office. They need that money so it can work and they can take these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said. “But if they don’t get those two items, then they can’t have mail-in ballots,” he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the president’s coronavirus taskforce, says there is no reason Americans can’t vote in person in November as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.
“I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that cannot be the case,” Fauci said. “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why people shouldn’t be able to do that.”
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