A group of Republican lawmakers have filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the chamber's new proxy voting system, a challenge to the rule that is set to be used for the first time on Wednesday.
H/T: USA Today
"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."
McCarthy Statement on Lawsuit Against Proxy Voting https://t.co/94fcmhEYXW via @https://twitter.com/GOPLeader— David Webb (@davidwebbshow) May 27, 2020
Republicans filing lawsuit challenging constitutionality of House proxy voting. They are standing in boxes to promote social distancing. Only @BradleyByrne (R-AL) sporting a mask pic.twitter.com/haYAsfAmrI— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) May 27, 2020
🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 26, 2020
House Republicans are suing Nancy Pelosi to block her proxy voting power grab that lets her unilaterally pass legislation with just 20 Members present.
It's simple: one representative should equal one vote.
We can't let her get away with this.
Proxy voting is unconstitutional. Period.— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 27, 2020
Let’s face it. You gotta show up for work.
Speaker Pelosi’s lawless voting scheme has no place in Congress. https://t.co/eC72waYnsh
To meet as a Congress includes the act of meeting in congress: together, as a group, & in-person. We have already proven we can safely meet during this pandemic. Vesting majority power in as few as 20 members is absurd and would astound the founders of our republic. https://t.co/WJTFpsDCXp— Congressman Fred Keller (@RepFredKeller) May 26, 2020
Today, I joined a lawsuit to challenge Speaker Pelosi's recent move to allow proxy voting in the House.— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 27, 2020
The House gets to change the rules; it doesn't get to change the Constitution. The Constitution seems pretty clear on its face: no proxy voting. https://t.co/FTA5B1UOo1
Last week, Democrats jammed through a rule change allowing 22 Members of Congress to be the voice for 330 million Americans.— Ron Wright (@RepRonWright) May 27, 2020
I'm proud to join @GOPLeader & @SteveScalise in filing a lawsuit against Speaker Pelosi's proxy voting power grab.
We can’t abandon the Constitution. https://t.co/rldc8uN2CF
Voting at home shouldn’t be a question of politics. It’s a health issue. No American should have to choose between their protecting their health and exercising their right to vote. #inners pic.twitter.com/SxgOvhgwg4— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 27, 2020
Read the full civil action filing below.