Washington, August 23
The Democratic-led House of Representatives has handed a $25 billion Bill to spice up the cash-strapped US Postal Service (USPS) forward of the November Three presidential election.
The legislative transfer on Saturday evening was geared toward stopping the company from making any reforms which may gradual supply of mail-in ballots for the election, studies Xinhua information company.
The proposal would forestall the Postal Service from making any operational modifications that will lead to lowered service– comparable to eradicating mail-sorting machines, limiting time beyond regulation pay or dealing with election mail as something apart from first-class for prioritized supply– till the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
It would additionally present $25 billion for Postal Service operations, which is an quantity initially really useful by the company’s board of governors.
House Democrats additionally included the funding within the $3.four trillion coronavirus aid bundle that they handed in May.
Saturday evening’s invoice handed largely alongside celebration strains and was not anticipated to cross the Republican-led Senate.
The White House had beforehand issued a veto risk.
In July, the USPS despatched letters to states throughout the nation, notifying them of potential delays within the supply of mail-in ballots, which might trigger these votes to not be counted on Election Day.
The letter warned that “certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards”, in response to The Washington Post.
“This mismatch creates a risk that ballots requested near the deadline under state law will not be returned by mail in time to be counted under your laws as we understand them,” the letter learn.
The uncommon Saturday vote got here after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy introduced earlier this week that he would droop cost-cutting measures till after the election.
“His comments are one thing; his actions will be another,” The Hill information web site quoted Speaker Nancy Pelosi following the vote.
“And that’s why we have this legislation.” DeJoy can be set to be grilled by members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday.
As the coronavirus pandemic has drastically disrupted this 12 months’s election course of, a surging variety of voters are anticipated to vote by mail-in ballots, a technique President Donald Trump has adamantly opposed, for he believes it raises the potential for voting fraud.
Aside from casting ballots by mail, many states additionally permit for early in-person voting so that individuals can keep away from potential strains at polling locations on Election Day whereas the pandemic continues to be ongoing.
Voters additionally usually have the choice of receiving a poll within the mail after which dropping it off in particular person on the native election workplace or designated drop field forward of Election Day. — IANS