(FiveNation.com)- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi likes to assert her dominance. Everybody knows this by now, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the controversial high-profile Democrat chose to unilaterally extend the unconstitutional and controversial proxy voting scheme that was implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The proxy voting scheme allows legislators to cast votes on behalf of other legislators who are, for whatever reason, not present during a vote. The idea was to allow legislators to vote even if they were unable to attend because of the COVID pandemic, whether they were too scared to catch the virus or they were at home and suffering from an infection.
In an announcement on March 28, Pelosi issued a memo to members of the House, announcing that the scheme has been extended for several more months.
“In the light of the attached notification by the Sergeant-at-Arms, in consultation with the Office of Attending Physician, that a public health emergency is in effect due to a novel coronavirus, I am hereby extending the ‘covered period’ designated on January 4, 2021, pursuant to section 3(s) of House Resolution 8, until May 14, 2022,” Pelosi wrote.
Proxy voting extended till may 14. pic.twitter.com/BIdAZDe2iy
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 28, 2022
It’s not the first time that Pelosi has unilaterally extended the scheme, and it may not be the last.
In September last year, the Republican House Minority Leader asked the United States Supreme Court to overturn Pelosi’s authority on the matter.
“Although the Constitution allows Congress to write its own rules, those rules cannot violate the Constitution itself, including the requirement to actually assemble in person. Since its adoption 14 months ago, proxy voting has shattered 231 years of legislative precedent and shielded the majority from substantive policy debates and questions, effectively silencing the voices of millions of Americans,” McCarthy said at the time – however, the Supreme Court rejected his appeal.