An additional 140 House Republicans have joined a lawsuit Friday filed earlier this week against Speaker Nancy Pelosi over new rules in the lower chamber allowing for proxy voting. The suit was initially filed Tuesday by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy joined by 20 GOP lawmakers and four constituents on the eve of the first time members of the House have ever voted without being physically present, upending more than 200 years of precedent.
H/T: The Federalist
“In the 231-year existence of the United States Congress, neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate has ever permitted a member to vote by proxy from the floor of the chamber,” the lawsuit opens. “Through the Civil War; through the burning of the Capitol during the War of 1812 and the terrorist attacks on Washington on 9/11; and through the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 and the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, the Congress of the United States has never before flinched from its constitutional duty to assemble at the Nation’s Capital and conduct the People’s business in times or national peril.”
Nearly a third of House Democrats didn't show up for work this week. But they'll still get a paycheck.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 28, 2020
A couple even lied so they could travel across Florida for a rocket launch.
This should outrage everyone—including the 50 million Americans who were without representation. pic.twitter.com/h2kSjeNC9G
JUST IN: House Republicans have filed a motion to expedite their lawsuit against proxy voting, seeking an injunction and claiming that proxy votes are damaging the fabric of the Constitution. pic.twitter.com/13O8cscPJ2— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 29, 2020
76 House Dems voted by proxy and evaded their constitutional duties this week.— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) May 29, 2020
"Pelosi’s 'proxy voting' ploy is legally dubious and will create uncertainty about any legislation Congress passes. Her ploy will create more uncertainty during the pandemic."https://t.co/WFLfmSo2jc
On "LevinTV," BlazeTV host Mark Levin called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the "greatest reprobate ever to serve as speaker of the House," over an unprecedented new proxy voting system, which allows House members to vote on behalf of up to 10 other members. Watch below.
GOP files suit, declaring Democratic proxy voting rule unconstitutional https://t.co/TMkujUIW1i— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 29, 2020