News Wrap: House Democrats launch probe of USPS postmaster general

Judy Woodruff:

Later, in Florida, the president signed an executive order to expand an offshore drilling ban to Florida’s Atlantic Coast and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina.

There’s pushback from the Pentagon against new criticism from President Trump. He said Monday that military leaders want wars in order to keep arms makers happy. Today, General James McConville, who is the Army chief of staff, said that commanders recommend fighting only when — quote — “It is required in national security and in the last resort.”

He did not mention Mr. Trump directly.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are launching a probe of postmaster general, Louis DeJoy. The Washington Post reports that his former company pressured employees for political contributions, and then illegally reimbursed them with bonuses.

DeJoy has denied wrongdoing, but top Democrats say that he should be suspended or fired.

The Senate returned to work today, and majority Republicans released their COVID economic relief bill. It offers nearly $600 billion for schools, businesses and the unemployed, and offsets about half that cost. But it has little chance of passing, despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s appeal to Democrats.

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