Nancy Pelosi Extends Possibly Unconstitutional Proxy Voting Again
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(UnitedVoice.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) extended remote voting for representatives through the end of September. Citing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pelosi made the announcement in a letter to members on Tuesday, August 9.
Remote voting, which legislators can only extend for 45 days at a time, originally went into effect during the height of the health crisis. Congress didn’t use the tool just to make voting easier but rather to enable voting during an uncertain time with inherent difficulties for large governing bodies needing to gather to legislate. The House’s solution was to allow members to log their votes by proxy. The rule allows members to carry and record others’ votes, reducing the number of people in the lower chamber.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, tweeted his concern for the extension, calling it a “constitutionally dubious” scheme:
AWOL: List of shame — here you will find the names of House members of both parties who outsourced their votes to other House members as part of Pelosi's constitutionally dubious proxy vote scheme. https://t.co/bXr8BdzH1G https://t.co/IrLqRym74m
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 1, 2022
Voting by proxy is one of the last pandemic-related measures still in place at the US Capitol. Mask mandates have ended, and public tours have resumed. It would seem that aside from the ability to gather votes in groups instead of reciting traditional roll calls, the crisis is virtually over.
What do you think about Pelosi extending proxy voting?
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