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 WarrenDemocrats face critical 72 hours The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal This week: Democrats aim to unlock Biden economic, infrastructure package MORE (D-Mass.) said Monday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats 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 PelosiDemocrats face critical 72 hours Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — 'Too late to evacuate' after wildfire debris Greene fined a third time for refusing to wear mask on House floor 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 MaloneyOversight finds limited repercussions for border agents who made offensive social media posts House passes bill to expand workplace protections for nursing mothers House Oversight Democrats ask NFL for information from investigation into Washington Football Team 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 DeJoyDeJoy: Postal Service to add 45 facilities ahead of holiday season America is not delivering David Dayen details unique features of Postal Service banking 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 TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled 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 SchumerSenators weigh future of methane fee in spending bill Biden hopes for deal on economic agenda before Europe trip The Senate is setting a dangerous precedent with Iron Dome funding MORE (D-N.Y.) publicly called over the weekend for McConnell to bring the Senate back into session. Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseBipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Nations plan to pump oil despite net zero promises 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!" 

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

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsFunding for victims of 'Havana syndrome' to be included in Pentagon bill  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount Emanuel defends handling of Chicago police shooting amid opposition to nomination 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 Feinstein Ban on new offshore drilling must stay in the Build Back Better Act Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Jane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California MORE (D-Calif.).