Democrats Target Voting System

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This is very scary.

Mask mandates have slowly been pushed to the side and the House is preparing to reopen the Capitol to the public after two years. Under the current situation, House members are also debating on whether proxy voting should remain in effect at least in some form.

Around the country, many businesses are limiting the number of remote workers and are slowly calling their employees to come back into the offices.

This has caused lawmakers to reassess what model they should follow going forward. Proxy voting was first implemented in May 2020. This allowed House Democrats to vote even if they were quarantined or were sick.

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However, there are lawmakers and particularly Democrats who are saying that proxy voting is practical and has its benefits and that it should be allowed to be used in cases of family emergencies or natural disasters.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Thursday during a Rules Committee, “I see a number of cases in which it may be appropriate to continue having it as an option — not as a preference, not as a practice — but as an option, such as when members may be ill, have to care for a sick loved one, or welcome a new child.”

Republicans present in 2020 voted against the establishment of Proxy voting. In fact, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) went as far as to constitutionally challenge the decision.

Since then, many Republicans have actually embraced proxy voting as more and more people became sick because of COVID-19. Some members of McCarthy’s leadership team have also been seen casting their votes by proxy. These members included House GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer (Minn.).  

McCarthy has vowed to never vote by proxy.


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