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Pelosi said Monday her decision was based on the advice from House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving, in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician, who notified her that the virus continues to be a public health emergency.
“I am hereby extending the ‘covered period’ designated on May 20, 2020, pursuant to section 1(a) of House Resolution 965, until August 18, 2020,” Pelosi wrote.
The rules change to include proxy voting was first implemented on May 20, initially for 45 days, with the provision that the time for remote voting could be extended if the Speaker feels there are further public health concerns from the pandemic.
Without the recent extension, the 45-day period would end in early July. According to guidelines (pdf) prepared by House majority staff on “Best Practices for Remote Floor Voting,” proxy voting “can be extended or renewed if the public health emergency persists or there is a resurgence.”
The temporary rule allows lawmakers who do not feel comfortable traveling to Washington because of the pandemic to still vote on the House legislation and attend committee meetings remotely.
Republicans have been opposed to the change from the beginning; they have filed bills to hold paychecks of members who do not vote in person. House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) led Republicans in filing a lawsuit that argues that proxy voting is unconstitutional.
“Democrats’ shadow voting is patently unconstitutional. So far, 70 Democrats have failed to show up for work, yet they are still collecting a paycheck from taxpayers. I just sent this letter to Speaker Pelosi calling for it to end—fittingly— on Independence Day,” added McCarthy.
“Technology issues have repeatedly marred committee activity and chairs have been forced to recess hearings and markups due to said technical difficulties. As we work through Congress’ growing backlog of business, it is imperative that critical committee proceedings not be further delayed or hampered due to what one Democrat brushed off as ‘bandwidth issues.’”
Rep. Alex Mooney (R-Md.) said, “House Democrats have already taken advantage of their proxy voting scheme. This is an abuse of taxpayer dollars. Hardworking Americans should not have to pay the price for this unconstitutional power grab.”
The 100 members of the U.S. Senate also stayed away from the Capitol complex for more than six weeks. The Republican-led Senate returned May 4.
Focus News: Speaker Pelosi Extends House Proxy Voting Until August Amid Republican Opposition
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