Pelosi Extends Remote-Voting Period For House Lawmakers, Citing Pandemic

Pelosi Extends Remote-Voting Period For House Lawmakers, Citing Pandemic


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday morning that she will extend the timeline for proxy voting into May, a move that will allow lawmakers to continue voting for legislation without actually physically showing up to the Capitol building. 

Pelosi decided to extend the proxy-voting rule, which drew backlash and a lawsuit from some House Republicans when it was originally announced last year, after she received formal notification that a public health emergency “remains in effect” due to COVID-19.

“In light of the attached notification by the Acting 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 19, 2021,” said Pelosi in a statement

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Several weeks ago, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) formally asked Pelosi in a letter when the proxy-voting period would end, arguing that

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