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Congressman Alex X. Mooney Joins Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of House Democrat Proxy Voting Scheme

May 29, 2020

Congressman Alex X. Mooney Joins Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of House Democrat Proxy Voting Scheme

WASHINGTON — Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) issued the following statement after joining the lawsuit filed in the D.C. Federal District Court challenging the constitutionality of H. Res. 965, the House Democrat plan to vote by proxy:
“I joined Leader McCarthy, House Republicans and American citizens in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the proxy voting plan because House Democrats broke over 230 years of precedent and dismissed the Constitution’s quorum requirement. House Democrats failed the American people when they chose to pass the rule to enable proxy voting.
“Nancy Pelosi and her allies can now cast a majority vote in the House with only 22 members present. Unlike House Democrats, our Founding Fathers understood the importance of a representative government to assemble together to capture the voice of the country.
“House Democrats are already taking full advantage of their proxy voting scheme. Over 70 Democrat Members of Congress this week submitted proxy votes and did not vote in person. Two members who submitted proxies were watching the SpaceX launch in Florida.
“In the history of our country, neither plagues nor warfare have ever stopped Congress from assembling on behalf of the American people. Americans deserve more from their elected representatives. Our Constitution must always be protected and defended, and I’m glad House Democrats’ latest attack will be challenged in court,” said Congressman Mooney.
Congressman Mooney has also cosponsored the No Pay for Proxy Voting Act which would withhold pay for any member that votes by proxy instead of casting their vote in-person on the House floor. Specifically, any member that votes by proxy would have one day’s worth of pay withheld for each day they use a proxy to vote on the House floor.