Republican lawmakers are challenging proxy voting rules that the House developed and passed this month as they go against every precedent in our 245-year history of democracy.
A lawsuit filed this week in the United States Court for the District of Columbia against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi challenges the rule that was set to be used for the first time yesterday.
The lawsuit argues that changes to how the House votes were not enacted during times of war or previous pandemics, such as the Spanish flu, which killed about 50 million people worldwide. The same can be said after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Even though the measure has passed the House and no Republican voted for it, Speaker Pelosi states that despite the lawsuit, the House will move forward with implementing the new rule.
Under the guise of allowing lawmakers to have a voice if they could not travel safely to Washington, DC and designating their votes to other lawmakers, the change comes after the House passed pork-filled Corona Virus packages worth $3 trillion. Many of the lawmakers affected by the new proxy voting system had no input into the negotiations of these Corona Virus packages.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy cites that constitutionally, a quorum, or a majority of lawmakers, must be present to take up business and vote on legislation.
“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,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a statement officially announcing the lawsuit. “Although I wish this matter could have been solved on a bipartisan basis, the stakes are too high to let this injustice go unaddressed.”
Even though the House has the right to dictate its own rules of procedure, it does not have the right to override the US Constitution. American voters do not send their elected officials to WDC to turn their votes over to a third party, who cannot represent the interests of constituents in other states.