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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prolonged proxy voting within the House — which permits members to vote with out being current within the chamber — because of the ongoing “public health emergency” of COVID-19.
Days after President Biden mentioned that “the pandemic is over,” Pelosi, D-Calif., declared Friday that Congress continues to be protecting some public well being measures in place, together with one that enables members to be absent for ground votes.
The extension will run by means of Nov. 10, in accordance with Pelosi’s announcement, days after the midterm elections, the place Democrats are broadly anticipated to lose the House.
During an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” final weekend, a reporter requested Biden if the pandemic was over. “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it,” Biden responded.
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And final week, Biden quipped through the Detroit Auto Show: “If you notice, no one’s wearing a mask, everybody seems to be in pretty good shape.”
The White House was fast to make clear the president’s phrases on “60 Minutes,” with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy telling MSNBC that the president solely meant that the U.S. has come a great distance. “What the president is reflecting is the fact that we have made tremendous progress against COVID-19,” Murthy mentioned. “We’re in a very different place now than we were at the beginning of this pandemic, with significantly lower death rates. We have all of our children back in school, people able to go back to work, families and friends able to see each other.”
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The extension of proxy voting might assist House members organize schedules to marketing campaign extra of their residence districts. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who’s working for Senate in opposition to Republican nominee J.D. Vance, was criticized earlier this summer season for campaigning whereas voting by proxy.
“Democrats claim they need Pelosi’s proxy voting scam due to the ‘public health emergency,’ but it’s simply another abuse of power to neglect their jobs and collect a paycheck,” Mark Bednar, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., instructed Fox News earlier this 12 months.
Some lawmakers have voted by proxy whereas touring, together with Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, who was apparently visiting France with household through the House vote on the Inflation Reduction Act.
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Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., on Friday condemned the extension of the proxy voting rule.
“Earlier this week, President Biden claimed that the pandemic was over. It seems everyone but Speaker Pelosi agrees.” Gallagher mentioned. “By extending proxy voting, Speaker Pelosi continues to allow members to forgo the most important component of their job — voting — and lie to their constituents in the process. The day when Republicans take back the House and eliminate this unconstitutional and unethical practice can’t come soon enough.”
Any member might vote by proxy in the event that they submit a letter to the House clerk citing the coronavirus pandemic as the rationale for his or her lacking the vote, and designate one other member who will solid their vote for them.
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A report by the Ripon Society discovered that greater than 17,000 proxy votes had been solid within the House in 2021. Of that whole, greater than 72% got here from absent Democrats.
Fox News’ Haris Alic contributed to this report.