GOP Sues Pelosi

GOP Sues Pelosi

( – Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted to allow proxy voting temporarily. Democrats, led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), decided it would be safer for Congress to work from home. Republicans disagreed with the move and now they’re suing to stop it.

Proxy voting passed on May 15. At the time, Majority House Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said it’s what the Founding Fathers “…wanted to happen.”

The problem here is that Article 1 Section 5 of the Constitution, the document actually written by the Founders, requires a majority of Congress to be present to pass bills. Democrats changed what “present” means and that’s how they got around the rule. Republicans are now crying foul.

On May 26, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), 4 constituents, and 20 other Republican lawmakers sued Pelosi over the change. The congressman believes it’s unconstitutional because the voting rule could allow as few as 20 lawmakers to vote, not a majority.

A GOP aide said proxy voting causes the members of Congress to have their “vote unconstitutionally diluted.” This leads to the American people having their representation diluted as well. The Republicans filed the lawsuit in the D.C. District Court.

The next House vote took place on Wednesday, May 27. Republicans agreed to refrain from voting so they can challenge the bill if it’s passed under the new rules, as they should. The Constitution makes it clear that proxy voting without a majority is not what the Founders had in mind. Maybe the GOP should send some pocket Constitutions to their colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

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