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Sen. King: Delays, Overtime Limits At Postal Service Harmful

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Kevin Dietsch
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Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, questions witnesses during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Senator Angus King is warning that changes at the U.S. Postal Service, including a ban on overtime, are harmful to Maine residents and may hamper the agency's ability to deliver absentee ballots. In a letter sent Thursday to the ranking Democrat on the Senate's Committee on Homeland Security and Government, King calls the postal service "no-less-than-vital.''

His warning echos calls from other representatives who want the postmaster general to reverse a ban on overtime for postal service employees.

King says postal workers feel personally responsible for their role in delivering ballots during the upcoming presidential election but are unsupported.