Top Democrats rally for more USPS resources ahead of election

With Congress and the Trump administration still divided over the terms of the next coronavirus spending bill, top Democrats have doubled down on measures that would bolster the Postal Service ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Wednesday that he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had a “heated discussion” with postmaster general Louis DeJoy Wednesday over recent policy changes to cut overtime and transportation costs, which have led to some delays in mail delivery.

Operational changes and overtime cuts, Schumer said, leave USPS with “insufficient” resources to deliver an expected surge in mail-in ballots.

“We are demanding that the regulations they put in place, which cut employment and cut overtime, be rescinded. Particularly because of COVID and because of the elections, we need those to vote and we will advocate strongly for money so that they can hire all the people necessary – both overtime and new people – to make sure that every single ballot is counted, he said.

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