Pro-Biden Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) has landed herself in some trouble.
According to Breitbart News, an ethics watchdog is “looking into” Axne after it was recently discovered that she was less than honest about why she proxy voted on “historic” legislation last month.
The “historic” legislation, referred to above, is the falsely named Inflation Reduction Act, which, in August, passed the House – with Axne’s vote – by a vote of 220 to 207.
Before the vote on the legislation took place, Axne, on Aug. 12, sent a signed letter to the clerk of the House claiming that she was “unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency.” Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) ended up voting on Axne’s behalf.
But, it turns out that Axne wasn’t exactly being forthright.
It is true that she was not able to physically attend the House proceedings. But, it’s not because of “the ongoing public health emergency.” Rather, Axne was not able to physically attend because she was vacationing in Europe – or, at least, so it would appear.
While House members were getting ready to vote on the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, Axne posted pictures on her Instagram account, titled, “France Pt. 1.” The pictures would later be taken down.
Now, the nonpartisan ethics watchdog Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) is “looking into” Axne.
FACT executive director Kendra Arnold has put out a statement, saying, “anytime a House Member makes false statements to the Clerk and the American people, it is gravely concerning.”
This is a willful abuse of the system and dishonest. If a House Member is not present to vote due to a vacation, it is not an option to submit false statements to the Clerk. FACT will be looking into filing an ethics complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Axne has yet to release a statement on the situation. This comes as she is in the middle of a difficult reelection battle for her U.S. House seat.
This whole situation, however, is one of a number of reasons why many are against proxy voting by members of Congress. It’s a practice that can be abused in all sorts of ways. This is just one of those ways.