Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on last night’s court decision to dismiss House Republicans’ lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Democrats’ proxy voting scheme:
“As elected officials, we are here to serve as the voice of our constituents in Congress. That honor was violated when House Democrats moved forward with an unconstitutional and unprecedented vote to allow members to vote by proxy.
“Speaker Pelosi’s proxy voting scheme dilutes the voting power of Members of Congress in violation of the Constitution. It dilutes the representation of constituents across America, and purports to allow a Member of Congress to give his or her vote to another member.
“We have already seen House Democrats exploit this system and neglect their official duties. One member wrote that he was ‘physically unable to attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency, and I hereby grant the authority to cast my vote by proxy…’ only to drive several hours away from his district to attend a space launch.
“We could not allow this shameless power abuse by the Democrats go unchecked. That is why House Republicans stood up to file a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Democrats’ proxy voting. Yesterday’s decision will not deter us from continuing to work to protect the voice and representation of the American people.
“There is a history of challenges against unlawful actions taken by the U.S. House of Representatives, which show that unconstitutional actions are not protected by speech or debate. While Congress does write its own procedural rules – and we should – we cannot write rules that violate the Constitution. House Republicans look forward to appealing this decision.”