PELOSI TO CALL HOUSE FOR POST OF­FICE VOTE

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS | NATION/WORLD - BY AAMER MAD­HANI AND MATTHEW DALY

WASH­ING­TON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sun­day she is call­ing the House back into ses­sion over the cri­sis at the U.S. Postal Ser­vice, set­ting up a po­lit­i­cal show­down amid grow­ing con­cerns that the Trump White House is try­ing to un­der­mine the agency ahead of the elec­tion.

Pelosi is cut­ting short lawmakers’ sum­mer re­cess with a vote ex­pected the Satur­day af­ter the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion on leg­is­la­tion that would pro­hibit changes at the agency as ten­sions mount. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s new post­mas­ter general, Louis De­Joy, has sparked na­tion­wide out­cry over de­lays, new prices and cut­backs just as mil­lions of Amer­i­cans will be try­ing to vote by mail to avoid polling places dur­ing the coron­avirus out­break.

“In a time of a pan­demic, the Postal Ser­vice is Elec­tion Cen­tral,” Pelosi wrote Sun­day in a let­ter to col­leagues, who had been ex­pected to be out of ses­sion un­til Sep­tem­ber. “Lives, liveli­hoods and the life of our Amer­i­can Democ­racy are un­der threat from the pres­i­dent.”

The de­ci­sion to re­call the House, made af­ter a week­end of high-level lead­er­ship dis­cus­sions, car­ries a po­lit­i­cal punch. Vot­ing in the House will high­light the is­sue af­ter the week­long con­ven­tion nom­i­nat­ing Joe Bi­den as the party’s pres­i­den­tial pick and pres­sure the Repub­li­can-held Se­nate to re­spond. Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell sent se­na­tors home for a sum­mer re­cess.

Ear­lier Sun­day, Demo­cratic lawmakers de­manded that lead­ers of the Postal Ser­vice tes­tify at an emer­gency over­sight hear­ing Aug. 24 on mail de­lays.

PA­TRICK SE­MAN­SKY/AP FILE

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is cut­ting short lawmakers’ sum­mer re­cess with a vote ex­pected Satur­day.

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