Within the identify of COVID security, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi has OK’d “proxy voting” — which in actual fact has made it simpler to win votes regardless of her razor-thin majority.
It lets Democrats (and a smaller variety of Republicans) skip out out on truly exhibiting up for work, however nonetheless registers as voting on the nation’s enterprise.
As Stephen Jackson & Kyle Chance report for The Ripon Society, the “most jarring consequence of perpetual proxy voting” is that some Home members have “taken to virtually by no means coming again to Washington — typically not exhibiting up for months on finish.”
Florida Democrats Al Lawson and Frederica Wilson haven’t voted in-person since Jan. 11; Chicago’s Rep. Bobby Rush, since Jan. 13. That’s almost the entire yr.
Some exploit Pelosi’s rule to attend public occasions again residence, whether or not it’s Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) at a ribbon-cutting or Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) doing photo-ops.
Jackson & Likelihood checked out 375 ground votes and located a median of 28.2 Democratis voting by proxy vs. 9.7. A 3rd of the time, Dems’ proxy “benefit” made the distinction in whether or not the measure handed.
What a method to run a Republic.
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