Pelosi Seeking Unprecedented Levels Of Power With New Vote-By-Proxy Measure
(Tea Party 247) – According to Queen of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), representatives don’t even need to show up for work. She’ll just do their work for him.
On Friday, Pelosi allowed members of the House to vote by proxy amid the coronavirus pandemic. This unprecedented move just so happened to coincide with the passage of a massive $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that Republicans in Congress are loudly objecting to.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), House majority whip, condemned the move as a “unconstitutional” “power grab” while speaking with Fox News, warning that members of the House will have to explain to their constituents why they “just voted to give your voting card to Nancy Pelosi.”
“This is going to be a tough vote for them to explain,” Scalise told former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who was guest-hosting “Hannity” on Friday.
“You now signed on for San Francisco values, and by the way, what are you doing there? Why are you collecting a paycheck if you want Nancy Pelosi to vote for you and represent your district?” Scalise said, explaining that the bill “goes against Article I of the Constitution” by allowing 20 Democrats who were not present to make up a quorum on the House floor.
BizPac Review explains that “If it were to become law, the bill would, for the first time in the House’s 231-year history, allow a member to name a colleague to vote on their behalf. The member acting as a proxy, in addition, can represent up to 10 lawmakers under the new rule.”
Scalise assured Hannity’s audience that the measure would be legally “challenged” if the Democrats try to pass any bills using these new rules. He accused the Democrats of a “fallacy” in their contention that it is not safe for members of Congress to return to Washington, noting that the Senate is back in session and that several states have eased lockdown measures and are returning people to work.
“For any of those folks that voted for this bill today, how do they go back home and explain today they voted to allow Nancy Pelosi to vote for them so that they don’t have to go to work anymore? Then why don’t they resign their seat and send somebody up here who wants to come and fight for restoring the American Dream up here in Washington,” Scalise said.
Rep Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed his Democrat colleagues for going “crazy” during a speech on the floor on Friday.
Democrats said they wanted to go big with their 1,800-page liberal wishlist.
RT to agree ⇨ Democrats didn't go big. They went crazy! pic.twitter.com/X6sX4Lr10R
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 16, 2020
On Friday, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) told a Fox News panel that any members of the house and leaders who view themselves or the House of Representatives as “non-essential” should “step aside,” as Pelosi has been insisting that members remain away from the House until late July.
“We should be here. We shouldn’t be AWOL. We shouldn’t be going home right now,” Zeldin said. “There’s important work to do for the American people, for our economy, for businesses, for workers.”
Pelosi also shoved a staggering relief package through the House which aimed at dealing with the economic fallout and health emergencies brought on by the pandemic. In spite of several Democrats who deviated from members of their caucus and voted against the bill (one Republican, Rep. Peter King of New York, voted against), the legislation passed mostly along party lines with a 208-199 vote.
“This isn’t a bill that was drafted through bipartisanship, vetting, debates, compromise,” Zeldin said Friday, pointing that the bill “gives stimulus checks to people who are illegally in our country, massive prison release.”
“It legalizes throughout America ballot-harvesting, it outlaws voter ID. It extends unemployment in a way that’s going to keep people out of work for almost another year,” he added, noting that Pelosi chose a “hyperpartisan path to nowhere” in order to “appease her left flank” and rather than work with President Trump and Republican colleagues.
Zeldin denounced the bill as a “strategic failure” promising that when it reaches the Senate, it’s sure to be “dead on arrival.”
Nancy Pelosi just got caught trying to give coronavirus stimulus checks to illegal immigrants. She seriously didn't think anyone would read the 1,800-page wishlist she wrote in her office.
NOT SO FAST, NANCY. Republicans made Democrats vote on the record on this one!
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 16, 2020