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Politics Pelosi extends proxy voting until Nov. 16

03:10  01 october  2020
03:10  01 october  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., extended on Monday proxy voting in the lower chamber of Congress as the country grapples with the ongoing Pelosi ordered that the House conduct votes remotely late last month, despite widespread protests from Republican members of the lower chamber.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday said House lawmakers who wish to vote remotely due to the pandemic can do so through mid-August, extending a through mid-August, extending a deadline that was set to expire Saturday. Pelosi first allowed proxy voting May 20. The new period for remote

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday extended a rule allowing House members who are not in the Capitol to vote by proxy.

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Pelosi, a California Democrat, told lawmakers that the rule will be extended to Nov. 16. It was set to expire on Friday.

Democrats voted to allow proxy voting on May 15 in order to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

It broke a 231-year-old requirement that House lawmakers debate and vote on legislation in person. The rule allows House members in the chamber to vote for up to 10 other lawmakers who designate them as their proxy.

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Without them, votes in the 435-member chamber can take hours as representatives file inside in small groups. Pelosi condemned the lawsuit in a statement, calling it a "sad stunt." The House is not the only element of the federal government adapting its behavior to the pandemic.

A provision in the legislation allows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, to extend the proxy voting rule unilaterally, and she has now done so three times.

In the letter to Democrats, Pelosi cited “that a public health emergency is in effect due to a novel coronavirus” as the reason for extending proxy voting.

A dozen lawmakers and more than 80 Capitol staff have contracted the coronavirus since the outbreak began.

House Republicans oppose the rule and point to several Democrats who appear to have utilized proxy voting in order to campaign, take vacations, or deal with family matters.

Tags: News, Congress, Nancy Pelosi, Coronavirus

Original Author: Susan Ferrechio

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