An emergency plan that gives elected representatives the power to vote on behalf of others who cannot attend Congress is unlawful, a congressman said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has joined more than 20 fellow Republicans in taking legal action against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) latest proposal to allow representatives to vote on behalf of colleagues who are unable to sit in Congress due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus pandemic.
“I just filed a lawsuit in federal court to overturn Speaker Pelosi’s unconstitutional proxy voting scheme,” McCarthy said on Twitter.
McCarthy is particularly concerned the scheme could be misused and allow just a handful of Democrats to control the outcome of hundreds of votes from the party.
“It could allow as few as 20 representatives to control the votes of 220,” he said. “This is not the representative democracy our Founders envisioned or what our Constitution allows.”
He revealed in the 231-year history of the U.S. Congress neither the House or the Senate have ever allowed a representative to vote by proxy on the floor.
“Through the Civil War; through the burning of the Capitol during the War of 1812 and the terrorist attack on Washington on 9/11; and through the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the Congress of the United States has never before flinched from its constitutional duty to assemble at the nation’s capital and conduct the people’s business in times of national peril and crisis,” he said in a statement. “So it was for more than two centuries, until now.”
Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.) supported the lawsuit because the government has proven that it is safe to conduct congressional business in person through implementing a variety of social-distancing precautions.
“We have already proven we can safely meet during this pandemic,” he said on Twitter. “Vesting majority power in as few as 20 members is absurd and would astound the founders of our republic.”
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) believes the nation’s forefathers would not want representatives to lead the country in self-isolation, rather to assemble in their respective chambers and vote on all matters regardless of whether it is as mundane as naming a bridge or significant as declaring war.
“Madame Speaker Pelosi’s proxy voting scheme is completely unconstitutional,” he said in a statement. “No American has ever voted for congressional representation by a plastic digital card, we vote for human beings; we expect to be represented by human beings; we will ultimately prevail in our determined effort to block the Democrats proxy voting plan and their overall strategy to dehumanize America.”
At least 59 Democrats made submissions to the House Clerk’s office to allow their vote to be cast by proxy according to Fox News.