Just like that, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has ended proxy voting.
No more proxy voting. Effective immediately, Members of Congress have to show up to work if they want their vote to count.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 19, 2023
Proxy voting, which has given members of the House of Representatives the privilege to vote on legislation without being in the Capitol, was put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was established by former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in May 2020.
Now, “members of Congress have to show up to work if they want their vote to count,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter.
Proxy voting was meant to allow Congress to operate under Covid-19 pandemic protocols.