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Warren calls on McConnell to bring Senate back to address Postal Service

Warren calls on McConnell to bring Senate back to address Postal Service
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.) said Monday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump at CPAC foments 2022 GOP primary wars Hawley gets boisterous ovation at CPAC for Electoral College objection   Why Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment now MORE (R-Ky.) should bring the Senate back into session amid criticism surrounding changes at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) as the GOP leader faces growing calls to reconvene the chamber. 

“Good for [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Budget Committee chair pledges to raise minimum wage: 'Hold me to it' Capitol review to recommend adding more fencing, 1,000 officers: report MORE for bringing the House back. I believe Mitch McConnell needs to bring the Senate back as well," Warren told NBC's "Today." "People depend on the post office. We're depending on it for our democracy."  

McConnell is facing growing calls to bring senators back to Washington from their August recess, which started Thursday and is scheduled to last until Sept. 8. 

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House Democrats are expected to come back to Washington this week to vote on legislation from House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyLawmakers line up behind potential cyber breach notification legislation DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes House panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps MORE (D-N.Y.). The bill, the Delivering for America Act, would prevent the Postal Service from making any changes to its operations or service that were in place at the start of the year until after the coronavirus pandemic has ended.  

Pelosi (D-Calif.) also called on members of Congress to “participate in a Day of Action on Tuesday by appearing at a Post Office in their districts for a press event” in order to “save the Postal Service."

Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyBiden believes Postal Service leadership 'can do better,' White House says, as DeJoy faces scrutiny The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help MORE, a Trump appointee and GOP donor, is coming under scrutiny over widespread mail delays ahead of the coming elections, which many expect will lead to a surge in mail voting due to the ongoing pandemic. President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE and his allies have argued that expanded mail-in voting will lead to widespread fraud. Experts, however, say those claims are unwarranted.

The Postal Service warned 40 states in letters late last week that their deadlines to request, return and count ballots may clash with the realities of mail delivery at a time when the USPS is already facing financial troubles, delivery delays and an expected influx of election-related mail, according to The Washington Post

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill Budowsky: Cruz goes to Cancun, AOC goes to Texas MORE (D-N.Y.) publicly called over the weekend for McConnell to bring the Senate back into session. Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseBiden nominee previews post-Trump trade agenda Tucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon Garland seeks to draw sharp contrast with Trump-era DOJ MORE (D-R.I.) also tweeted on Monday: "Mitch, call the Senate into session so we can protect USPS and our election. Not to mention stranding the country with no covid bill because you Republicans can’t figure this out. Come on!" 

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But McConnell is also facing calls from members of his own caucus to return to Washington ahead of schedule. 

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden Why the 'Never-Trumpers' flopped Republicans see Becerra as next target in confirmation wars MORE (R-Maine), who faces a tough reelection bid, said the Senate should come back to take up a coronavirus package that included new Postal Service funding. Negotiations on a fifth coronavirus relief package have been stalemated since earlier this month, but Democrats wanted to include more Postal Service and election assistance funding in the final agreement. 

"The Senate should return this week to consider a COVID-19 package that includes the Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act—a bill I introduced w/ @SenFeinstein in July—which would provide USPS w/ up to $25 billion to cover losses or operational expenses resulting from COVID-19," Collins tweeted, tagging Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill What exactly are uber-woke educators teaching our kids? MORE (D-Calif.).