The pandemic is over, but House lawmakers extend special rules allowing remote voting

The pandemic is over, but House lawmakers extend special rules allowing remote voting


Most members of Congress are vaccinated against the coronavirus, and the pandemic is largely waning in the United States. Yet, dozens of House lawmakers continue to take advantage of special rules allowing them to vote remotely on legislation to avoid showing up in the Capitol.

When the House last met to vote on legislation on May 20, nearly three dozen members voted by proxy instead of casting a vote in person, each of them writing to House Clerk Cheryl Johnson they were “physically unable to attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency.”

Now that COVID-19 is far less of a threat in the Capitol, the use of proxy voting is falling under scrutiny.

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All Democrats are vaccinated against the coronavirus, yet 25 elected to vote by proxy on May 20, the day the House was to adjourn for more than three weeks. Nine Republicans also voted by proxy.

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