House Dems to end recess early amid fears Trump is undermining the election

Pelosi called on the House to return to session this week to vote on the 'Delivering for America Act'.

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House Democrats will return from their August recess early, as fears that President Donald Trump is attempting to undermine the 2020 election grow among the public and the electorate. 

In a letter to her colleagues published as a press release, Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the house, wrote, “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.”

She called on the House to return to session this week to vote on Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman (Carolyn B.) Maloney’s “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.” 

Dr. Anthony Fauci (L), director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, talks with Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., after a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

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Further, Pelosi asked House members to participate in a “Day of Action,” by appearing at post offices in their districts for a press event. 

She noted that the United States Postal Service is a “pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution and essential for providing critical services: delivering prescriptions, Social Security benefits, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans, including in our most remote communities.”

“In a time of a pandemic, the Postal Service is Election Central,” she wrote. “Americans should not have to choose between their health and their vote.” 

The outrage against President Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump mega-donor, making major changes to postal service this close to the election has been significant. 

Pop star, Taylor Swift, wrote on Twitter, “Trump’s calculated dismantling of USPS proves one thing clearly: He is WELL AWARE that we do not want him as our president. He’s chosen to blatantly cheat and put millions of Americans’ lives at risk in an effort to hold on to power.” 

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She said that Trump “is now taking advantage of it to subvert and destroy our right to vote and vote safely.” She urged Americans to request a mail-in ballot and vote early. 

The president and Postmaster General DeJoy have defended the postal changes as modernizing the agency to make it more efficient. 

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