Dems Latest Rule Change Shreds Constitution, ‘Attendance Optional’ For Lawmakers


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Democrats’ House rule change undermines the Constitution

By Washington Examiner, May 16, 2020

On Friday evening, the House voted on a fundamental change to how the U.S. House of Representatives votes and conducts business. I voted no because it would severely harm the House as an institution, in an affront to what the Founders of our nation intended.

I appreciate that these are unprecedented times, but House Democrats are using the current crisis to undermine our Constitution by letting House members vote by proxy. Several weeks ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats were rushing forward with a partisan approach on proxy voting. House Republicans convinced them to establish an ad hoc bipartisan committee to discuss these issues. But then, despite the establishment of this committee, we voted Friday on a change to House rules that has never been seen in our nation’s history. This rule change may have untold consequences for years to come.

Let’s start with the most preposterous part of this change ⁠— it allows for a quorum to be established by proxy. That’s as nonsensical as it is inane. A quorum is required to allow the proceedings to move forward. To establish a quorum is to have a certain number of members physically present in the chamber. To be marked as present, one must actually be present.

House Democrats disagree, and they point to their own past policy of proxy voting on committees as a precedent. But this argument fails. Even when proxy voting was allowed in committee, a physical quorum of members was required in order to conduct committee business. Proxies were only allowed to cast committee votes, not to establish a committee quorum.

There is a good reason why proxy voting, and especially proxy quorum voting, has never been allowed on the House floor. Article 1, Section 5, of the U.S. Constitution states:

“A Majority of each [chamber, House and Senate] shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.”

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