Pelosi blasts House Republicans over lawsuit to halt proxy voting: 'Sad stunt'
Added 05-26-20 11:57:02pm EST - “Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)? late Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit from? House Republicans seeking to block the chamber from holding? proxy voting, in which? members vote for colleagues remotely on the House floor.” - Thehill.com
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Women suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy MORE (D-Calif.) late Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit from House Republicans seeking to block the chamber from holding proxy voting, in which members vote for colleagues remotely on the House floor.
Pelosi issued a statement calling the lawsuit a "sad stunt" aimed at distracting from new efforts for an additional relief bill amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The House made its will clear two weeks ago when it voted to implement remote voting by proxy and other necessary measures to ensure that Congress can continue to protect lives and livelihoods," Pelosi said in a statement.
"The House’s position that remote voting by proxy during a pandemic is fully consistent with the Constitution is supported by expert legal analyses. Further, the Supreme Court made clear over a century ago that the Constitution empowers each chamber of Congress to set its own procedural rules," she added.
House Republicans filed a lawsuit earlier Tuesday seeking to thwart the use of proxy voting. A rules change allowing the remote voting was approved along party lines earlier this month.
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