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Politics Pelosi extends remote voting in House to October

14:30  25 september  2021
14:30  25 september  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday again extended House remote voting rules until Oct. 1.

Nancy Pelosi wearing a blue shirt © Provided by Washington Examiner

Proxy voting rules implemented due to the coronavirus allow members of Congress to designate another member to vote on their behalf if they are "physically unable to attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency."

But the rules are widely criticized, with some accusing members of abusing the system in order to avoid showing up for work in person.

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Pelosi’s most recent proxy voting extension was set to end on Aug. 18. Friday’s extension followed a notification from Congress’s attending physician that “a public health emergency remains in effect” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A federal appeals court last month dismissed a Republican lawsuit against the Democratic House Speaker that sought to end proxy voting, saying that “the court did not have the authority to make decisions regarding House rules.”

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Original Author: Emily Brooks

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Pelosi insists Dems are 'on a path' to win the $1T infrastructure vote .
Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted House Democrats would vote and win on an infrastructure bill Thursday ever as her top deputy expressed doubt liberal members of the party would support it.'This is the fun part,' the speaker said. 'We're on a path to win the vote. I don't want to consider any options other than that. That's just the way it is.

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