House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came under fire from the GOP for delaying the House’s proxy vote until shortly after the upcoming elections.
Biden: The Pandemic is Over
Speaker Pelosi informed House of Representatives members in a memo on Friday that the COVID pandemic will be prolonging the application of proxy voting. Two days after the 2022 midterm elections, on November 10, proxy voting will still be allowed.
Republicans in Congress criticized the decision, noting it was made during an election year and that President Biden proclaimed the virus outbreak to be “finished” on Sunday.
Just a few days prior to Pelosi’s letter, President Biden pronounced the COVID outbreak to be “finished.”
Pelosi Extends House Proxy Voting
According to Biden, the pandemic is over, said host Scott Pelley.
“COVID is still a concern for them. They are still hard at work on it. The epidemic is over. No one is keeping themselves hidden if you observe the current situation. Everyone seemed to be in generally good health.”
“Therefore, I believe it is altering and this, in my opinion, is the ideal illustration.”
Proxy voting extended until after the election. pic.twitter.com/nbT9mmciDt
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 23, 2022
In a message released on Friday, Congressman Mike Gallagher denounced the email. President Biden previously stated this week the pandemic was gone, according to Gallagher.
“It appears as if everyone understands, but Speaker Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi continued to permit members to skip out on the most crucial component of their job, going to vote, and deceive their people in the process by increasing the use of proxy voting.”
“It cannot happen quickly enough for Republicans to regain control of the House and end this immoral and illegal behavior.”
Additionally, Gallagher mentioned in his appearance before the House Rules Committee and the motion he wrote to ban proxy voting.
Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader in the House, similarly denounced proxy voting and threatened to do away with it as part of the Republican Party’s “Dedication to America” platform if the party gains the majority in the House following the midterm elections.
McCarthy argued in an opinion piece for the New York Post that “the Commitment to America champions policy ideas to reinstate voters’ confidence in Congress.”
This is “beginning with closing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proxy-voting abuse of authority that permitted 90% of House Democrats to get compensated without having to arrive at work.”
On Twitter, some Republicans denounced Pelosi’s choice.
Now the question begs, how will the Democrats try to use this against the Republic ?
— Tony (@Tony_1911_45) September 23, 2022
The big guy yelled, “Come on buddy, the pandemic is over.”
Fully immunized people may now receive a fifth shot, tweeted Rep. Thomas Massie. Speaker Pelosi does, however, prolong the proxy voting period, because of the “novel coronavirus,” until the week before the election.
“Has Pelosi heard that Biden declared the pandemic to be over,” Rep. Darrell Issa penned in a letter.