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House allows proxy voting, Democrat lead

In the identify of COVID security, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has OK’d “proxy voting” — which in truth has made it simpler to win votes regardless of her razor-thin majority.

It lets Democrats (and a smaller variety of Republicans) skip out out on really displaying up for work, however nonetheless registers as voting on the nation’s enterprise.

As Stephen Jackson & Kyle Chance report for The Ripon Society, the “most jarring outcome of perpetual proxy voting” is that some House members have “taken to practically never coming back to Washington — sometimes not showing up for months on end.”

Florida Democrats Al Lawson and Frederica Wilson haven’t voted in-person since Jan. 11; Chicago’s Rep. Bobby Rush, since Jan. 13. That’s almost the entire 12 months.


Sunlight shines on the U.S. Senate wing of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill.Some Democrats haven’t confirmed as much as vote in individual in months. AP / Patrick Semansky

Some exploit Pelosi’s rule to attend public occasions again dwelling, whether or not it’s Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) at a ribbon-cutting or Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) doing photo-ops.

Jackson & Chance checked out 375 flooring votes and located a median of 28.2 Democratis voting by proxy vs. 9.7. A 3rd of the time, Dems’ proxy “advantage” made the distinction in whether or not the measure handed.

What a approach to run a Republic.


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