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These Rowdy Republicans Defend Democracy While Pelosi Fiddles And America Burns

By K. Walker

May 29, 2020 at 1:23 pm

In case you missed it, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is blasting dozens of House Democrats for shirking their Congressional duties.

Now that many states are beginning to reopen, some House Democrats don't want Congress to do the same. Instead of making the trek to Washington, they've decided to rely on proxy-voting.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy(R-CA) was just not having it. On Wednesday, he used his time to express his displeasure.

And he (rightly) hasn't let it go yet.

This is the sentiment that the House Minority Leader was discussing:

Some Democrats used it as an opportunity all right--an opportunity to not go to work.

When the House reconvened two weeks ago, around a dozen House Dems couldn't make it back, but now that number has ballooned. More than 70 House Democrats were suddenly unable to travel and wanted their votes counted by proxy. Two Florida Democrats, Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida's 13th district and Rep. Darren Soto of Florida's 9th district, managed to stay healthy enough to make it to the planned Space X launch at Cape Canaveral.

More than 70 House Democrats voted by proxy Wednesday for the first time in the chamber’s 231 year history after sweeping rule changes granted Speaker Nancy Pelosi unprecedented powers and allowed members to vote from home.

Citing health concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, two House members that voted by proxy Wednesday skipped out on their constitutional duties in Washington to attend the historic space launch in Florida, which was ultimately postponed until Saturday due to inclement weather.

Source: The Fedearalist

The pair clearly didn't think that anything would happen to them because they posted that they were at Cape Canaveral on Twitter.

House Republicans are taking it seriously, however, and have launched a lawsuit against Speaker Pelosi for allowing members to shirk their duties to their constituents.

At a time when Americans are going back to work, why should Congress not be in session?

House Republicans are planning to file a lawsuit against Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a bid to block a new proxy voting system, which will allow lawmakers to cast their first remote votes on the floor this week amid the global pandemic.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), along with 20 other GOP lawmakers, will file a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the voting method, calling it unconstitutional. Four constituents are also signing on to the lawsuit, claiming their representation in Congress is at risk of being diluted.

Source: POLITICO

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise had some thoughts on proxy voting as well. He called it a "scheme to play hooky."

The list of Republican House members filing the lawsuit are:

Good luck, Ladies and Gents! We need you to continue fighting for us before we're run by Pelosi and a handful of her henchmen.