House Votes by Proxy for First Time in History

Republican members sue to stop new rules. 

Wednesday marked an historic moment for the House of Representatives, as House lawmakers voted by proxy for the first time in Congressional history. The move comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s travel risks. The new rules allow for members of the House to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf – a move that has met push back by House Republicans who sued to stop the new rules. 

Currently, Washington D.C. still remains under strict stay-at-home orders. The Constitution requires lawmakers to be “present” and voting, but Democrat leadership believe that proxy voting does not violate this requirement. More than 70 Democrat House members cast their votes via proxy for the historic vote. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy described the action as a “dereliction of duty.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That God would lead the House of Representatives to vote for the best policies for all Americans. 
  • For God to lead Speaker Pelosi to the best way to preserve the health of lawmakers in the midst of this pandemic.
  • For Minority Leader McCarthy to work with his colleagues to come to a reasonable solution. 

Sources: AP, NPR, New York Times


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