House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has once again extended the House proxy voting period, allowing members of both parties to cast their votes remotely until mid-August.
The order, first enacted in May 2020, allows members of the House of Representatives to nominate a colleague to vote for them.
While the order was intended to allow lawmakers to take health precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of members have taken advantage of the remote voting policy while doing other things – New York Democrat Mondar Jones cast his votes for the French. Riviera.
Pelosi, D.C., announced the extension on Friday, citing a letter from House Sgt. William J. Walker saying the COVID-19 public health emergency “remains in place.”
The order, which originally expired on June 28, will remain in effect until August 12 unless the speaker renews it again, as she has done several times in recent months.
The Senate did not allow remote voting throughout the pandemic.
Earlier this month, The Post revealed that Jones voted by proxy at least 17 times between July 19 and July 27 last summer while attending the wedding of HBO star Issa Rae in France.
“I am unable to physically attend the House of Representatives chamber hearing due to the ongoing public health emergency, and I hereby give my proxy vote to The Honorable Nikema Williams (Georgia), who has agreed to act as my proxy,” he wrote next to his signature.
Last week, Jones sent another letter to the Clerk of the House of Representatives with the same request, using much the same language.
As of Friday, the New York Democrat had no active letters, although the House Clerk’s office listed 87 requests from other members, including Representatives Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Corey Bush. (D-Mo.), John Catko (R-NY), Ro Hannah (D-California) and Tom Rice (R-SC).
Other lawmakers who violated this policy include Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), who voted by proxy to file papers to run for mayor of Los Angeles; Rep. Mo Brooks (Republic of Alabama), who reportedly filed documents to attend a Senate campaign event in Alabama; and Chairman of the House GOP Conference Eliza Stefanik (R-NY), who voted by proxy the same day she appeared at a fundraiser with former President Donald Trump in Florida.
The proxy vote was heavily criticized by Republicans in the House of Representatives—despite their repeated use of the policy—most notably by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who attempted to challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court.
Although the court finally dismissed the lawsuit in January, McCarthy has repeatedly vowed that proxy voting will cease if Republicans regain their majority in the House in November.