House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call to reconvene the House this week to vote on a U.S. Postal Service bill could lead to the next stimulus deal, according to Greg Valliere, chief U.S. policy strategist for AGF Investments.
Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday that she wants the House to return later this week to vote on the Delivering for America Act, which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to the operations or level of service it had in place on Jan.1.
Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., demanded answers in a Friday letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about “sweeping changes he is making at hundreds of postal facilities across the country which are slowing the mail and therefore jeopardize the integrity of the election.”
Pelosi and Schumer said their letter was in response to statements made by President Donald Trump on Thursday “admitting opposing the Postal Service’s urgent, bipartisan request for $25 billion as part of the coronavirus legislation pending in Congress because of his baseless objection to expanding mail-in voting.”
The House passed this request 91 days ago as part of the Heroes Act, along with an additional $3.6 billion in election assistance funding for states, Pelosi and Schumer said, “but President Trump has refused to provide this crucial federal assistance.”
Both the House and Senate are on a recess scheduled to end in mid-September.
Bringing back the House “comes after an unprecedented level of constituent anxiety over the post office, as deliveries have slowed in the wake of changes at the USPS,” Valliere said in his Monday morning email briefing. “Whether it involves prescriptions by mail or the election, voters are confused and angry.”