House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has again extended the chamber’s proxy vote period – allowing members of both parties to cast their ballots remotely until mid-August.
The order, first implemented in May 2020, allows members of the House of Representatives to designate a colleague to cast their vote for them on the letter.
While the order was intended to allow lawmakers to take health precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of members have used the policy to vote remotely while conducting other business – with New York Democrat Mondaire Jones casting his votes ceded by the French to Riviera.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the extension Friday, citing a letter from House Sergeant-at-Arms William J. Walker that said the public health emergency due to COVID-19 is “in effect.” remains”.
The order, originally set to expire on June 28, will remain in effect until August 12 unless the spokeswoman extends it again, as she has done several times in recent months.
The Senate has not allowed remote voting throughout the pandemic.
Earlier this month, The Post noted that Jones had voted by proxy at least 17 times between July 19 and July 27 last summer while attending HBO star Issa Rae’s wedding in France.
“I am unable to physically attend the proceedings in the House of Representatives chamber due to the ongoing health emergency and I hereby authorize to cast my vote by proxy to the Honorable Nikema Williams (Georgia) who has consented to act as my authorized representative. ‘ he wrote next to his signature.
Jones sent another letter to the worker last week with the same request, using almost exactly the same language.
As of Friday, the New York Democrat had no active letters, though the domestic worker’s office listed 87 requests from other members — including Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Cori Bush (D-Mo .), John Katko (R-NY), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Tom Rice (R-SC).
Other lawmakers who have abused the policy include Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who voted by proxy to submit materials to run for mayor of Los Angeles; Representative Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who reportedly filed the paperwork to attend a Senate campaign event in Alabama; and Chair of the House GOP Conference Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who voted by proxy the same day she appeared at a fundraiser with former President Donald Trump in Florida.
Proxy voting has been heavily criticized by House Republicans — despite their repeated use of the policy — particularly by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who attempted to challenge the order in the Supreme Court.
While the court eventually dismissed the challenge in January, McCarthy has repeatedly vowed that proxy voting will end when Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives in November.
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