Democrats renew vote-by-mail push as virus upends elections
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FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., arrive to make a statement ahead of a planned late-night vote on the coronavirus aid package deal, at the Capitol in Washington. Democrats are wrestling over how best to assail Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy’s shutdown even as the country enters an unpredictable campaign season against the backdrop of the most devastating crisis in decades. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to bolster mail-in voting and take other steps to make balloting easier this November as Congress starts planning its next major bill to reinforce the economy and battle the coronavirus.
Pelosi's proposals are still evolving. But they've immediate draw condemnation from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The California Republican's opposition echoes President Donald Trump's hostility to federal attempts to prod states to relax their voting rules.
The fight underscores that a partisan battle over easing voting restrictions will be a major issue this election year, even as the country considers how to adjust to a coronavirus threat that's not expected to recede anytime soon.
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