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U.S. House Republicans to sue Pelosi remote proxy voting in pandemic

 

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FILE PHOTO: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her weekly news conference with Capitol Hill reporters in Washington, U.S., May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Republicans will sue Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi over rule changes that allow members to vote on each other's behalf during the coronavirus pandemic, Republican aides said on Tuesday.

 

The lawsuit, to be filed in federal court in Washington, will seek to block the new system passed by the Democratic-majority House and intended to allow the chamber to function while observing social distancing guidelines. It will argue that the rule changes are unconstitutional, the Republican aides said.

 

The rules, passed earlier this month as part of a $3 trillion aid bill that the Republican-controlled Senate so far has not taken up, allow members to vote from outside the Capitol by asking another member to vote for them.

 

Without them, votes in the 435-member chamber can take hours as representatives file inside in small groups.

 

Pelosi condemned the lawsuit in a statement, calling it a "sad stunt."

 

The House is not the only element of the federal government adapting its behavior to the pandemic. The Supreme Court this month for the first time heard arguments by telephone.

 

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Scott Malone, Dan Grebler, Tom Brown and Richard Chang)

 

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4 minutes ago, blazes said:

 

"Ultra liberal"??   Ultra fascist more like.  She always somehow reminds me of Mussolini....

Ultra facist, like Mussolini?? Wow, that's even beyond hyperbole.

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5 hours ago, YetAnother said:

unconstitutional and stupid as well, right down the alley from an ultra liberal like pelosi

What part of the constitution does this violate? You blame liberals and Pelosi but this was passed by the Republican controlled Senate.

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The use of proxy votes is universal in the world of commerce. What is all the hoo hah?

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3 hours ago, blazes said:

 

"Ultra liberal"??   Ultra fascist more like.  She always somehow reminds me of Mussolini....

Your remarks show how much America has gone down the pan in recent years. Really sad. 

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