The Hill: Pelosi extends proxy voting into mid-August

From The Hill:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday said House lawmakers who wish to vote remotely due to the pandemic can do so through mid-August, extending a deadline that was set to expire Saturday.

Pelosi first allowed proxy voting May 20. The new period for remote voting will last through Aug. 18.

Under the rules changes that House Democrats adopted in May, lawmakers who are unable to travel to Washington during the pandemic can authorize colleagues physically present in the Capitol to cast proxy votes on their behalf. Proxy voting is only allowed for 45 days at a time unless Pelosi, following confirmation from the House sergeant-at-arms and Capitol physician that there is a public health emergency due to the coronavirus, authorizes an extension.

House Republicans, who have been calling for lawmakers to vote and attend committee meetings in person, widely opposed the rules changes and filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of proxy voting. GOP leaders have urged their members to come to the Capitol to vote in person and discouraged anyone from voting by proxy.

Monday’s extension comes as the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has spiked in recent days.

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