House Republicans end proxy voting

 January 20, 2023

Newly elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made a major move this week when he ended a practice that started under his predecessor.

According to Fox News, the California Republican announced on Thursday that proxy voting will no longer be allowed.

"No more proxy voting"

"Effective immediately, Members of Congress have to show up to work if they want their vote to count," the network quoted McCarthy as saying. "No more proxy voting."

Fox News noted that McCarthy has long opposed proxy voting, pointing out last month that in-person voting has remained standard practice in the Senate.

"The Senate has managed to maintain in-person Floor voting for the entirety of the past two years — with a much older population and a 50-50 makeup, no less," McCarthy stressed.

"From the get-go, we warned that proxy voting would be misused as a means of convenience rather than as a precaution for health — and it has been, by members of both parties," he acknowledged.

Fox News recalled that while proxy voting was first implemented by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a response to the COVID pandemic, it has since been used by Democrats and Republicans alike as a way to cast votes while attending fundraisers and other events.

Examples included three Democratic House members from Michigan voting by proxy in 2021 so they could attend a speech by President Joe Biden at a Ford manufacturing plant.

Meanwhile, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz and a dozen of his colleagues received criticism that same year for voting by proxy so they could be present at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Three Democrats being stripped of committee assignments

Ending proxy voting isn't the only change to happen under McCarthy's leadership, as he told Fox News earlier this month that controversial Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Ilhan Omar would be stripped of their committee assignments.

"Swalwell can’t get a security clearance in the private sector. I’m not going to give him a government security clearance," McCarthy said before adding, "Schiff has lied too many times to the American public. He should not be on Intel."

What's more, McCarthy complained that Omar has a well-established history of attacking Israel while making comments that some see as antisemitic.

What's more, Breitbart reported that Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar are being given committee assignments after having gotten the boot from Democrats in 2021.

Greene will sit on the House Homeland Security Committee while Gosar has been assigned to the House Natural Resources Committee.

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