Republicans in the House are suing Nancy Pelosi over their use of proxy voting, which would allow members here in Washington vote on behalf of representatives who are still in their districts:
NY POST – House Republicans have filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and two other chamber officials as part of a long-shot effort to block the use of proxy voting before it goes into effect this week.
The lawsuit alleges that the proxy vote legislation passed by the House earlier this month is unconstitutional and sets a dangerous precedent.
Filed on Tuesday in DC Federal District Court, the lawsuit names House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as the top plaintiff. He is joined by Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Liz Cheney (R-Wy.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and 16 other members. Four constituents are also included as plaintiffs in the suit.
Under the changes approved by House Democrats, lawmakers are now permitted to vote on behalf of up to 10 other members who are left unable to travel during the coronavirus pandemic, which has left dozens of politicians trapped in their home districts.
The reform was passed earlier this month in a near-party-line 217-189 vote, with all Republicans opposed and joined in their nay votes by three Democrats and Rep. Justin Amash (L-Mich.).
As of Wednesday morning, 63 Democrats had submitted letters to the House Clerk’s office to authorize their vote to be cast by proxy.
Last week, less than 20 Democratic lawmakers were on the list.
It not only allows Democrats to vote for other Democrats, but it would also allow just twenty members to be present in the Capitol to pass legislation:
House Republicans are suing Nancy Pelosi to stop her illegal proxy voting rule
It would allow just TWENTY members to be present to pass laws affecting all 330 Million Americans
She shouldn't just be sued—she should be sued, censured, AND removed from office
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 26, 2020
This would obviously violate the constitutional requirement of a quorum.
Here’s what McCarthy said…
In announcing the lawsuit, McCarthy said that Democrats in Congress’ lower chamber were breaking “over 230 years of precedent.”
“This is not simply arcane parliamentary procedure. It is a brazen violation of the Constitution, a dereliction of our duty as elected officials, and would silence the American people’s voice during a crisis,” the top House Republican said in a statement.
“Although I wish this matter could have been solved on a bipartisan basis, the stakes are too high to let this injustice go unaddressed. That is why, along with other members of the House and our constituents, I have filed a lawsuit in federal court to overturn Speaker Pelosi’s unconstitutional power grab,” he continued.
We’ll let you know as soon as we hear something out of the courts on this…