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A federal judge in Pennsylvania is agreeing with Maine’s attorney general that the U.S. Postal Service should be barred from operational changes that earlier this year slowed down mail service and raised fears that presidential votes sent by mail might not be counted.

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U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District invited constituents to share their personal experiences with the U.S. Postal Service since a series of operational changes were carried out — and she got back more feedback than she expected.

The House passed legislation on Saturday to infuse $25 billion into the Postal Service and block operational changes that Democrats fear could hobble mail-in voting in this November's election.

In a rare Saturday session, the House passed the measure by a vote of 257 to 150, with 26 Republicans siding with Democrats to approve the bill.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is meeting this weekend to act on a $25 billion measure that backers say is designed to assure the U.S. Postal Service can function at current levels.

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Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey, along with several other states' attorneys general, will push ahead with a lawsuit challenging a complement of changes taking place at the U.S. Postal Service.

Updated at 11:46 a.m. ET

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended his leadership of the Postal Service on Friday and sought to reassure senators that his agency would be able to deliver the nation's election mail "securely and on time," calling it a "sacred duty."

"There has been no changes in any policies with regard to the election mail for the 2020 election," he said.

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The unions representing mail carriers and postal workers in Maine are calling for U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to permanently reverse recent changes which they say have created a rash of mail delays.

Updated at 12:18 p.m. ET Saturday

Under pressure from the Trump administration to deliver 2020 census results by the end of this year, the U.S. Census Bureau has set a cutoff date for receiving paper forms for the once-a-decade head count, NPR has learned.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says Mainers have been losing shipments of live chicks because of delivery delays by the postal service.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Two of 10 mail-sorting machines have been removed over the past two months from the U.S. Postal Service Southern Maine Processing and Distribution Center, in Scarborough.

Electronic technician Tim Doughty told WMTW-TV that he helped to dismantle one of the machines and put it into storage. The other was scrapped altogether.

Mail volume has been down during the pandemic, but Doughty said the dismantling of machines that can sort 36,000 letters an hour is shortsighted. He said volume will grow as the economy improves.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon on Tuesday joined in the growing criticism of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for implementing changes blamed for widespread delays in mail delivery.

The House of Representatives will meet in an unusual Saturday session to address problems at the U.S. Postal Service, which U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine says involve more than just finances.

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Maine’s congressional delegation is demanding the U.S. Post Office stop delaying mail.

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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.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine's two U.S. senators are sometimes on opposite sides of the aisle politically, but they agree that privatizing the U.S. Postal Service is a bad idea.

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