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Pelosi Calls Lawmakers Back To Block Postal Service Changes


August 17, 2020

A group of protestors holds a demonstration in front of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's home in Greensboro, N.C. on Sunday. DeJoy has recently come under fire for changes made at the U.S. Postal Service that have delayed mail in advance of the November elections. Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Spurred by concerns about delayed delivery of mail-in ballots, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling lawmakers back early from their August recess. She's calling for a vote on legislation that would block the U.S. Postal Service from making operational changes.

The speaker is planning a vote for later this week on the Delivering for America Act, introduced by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, which "prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020."

Since taking over in mid-June, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has implemented a series of changes that have prompted slower mail deliveries. He says they're aimed at cutting costs and improving efficiency, but the changes have alarmed postal workers and their unions, who cautioned that the new policies will increase delays and make it harder for workers to do their jobs.


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