Pelosi’s Swan Song: Majority of Congress Votes Remotely by Proxy for $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill

More than half of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted remotely Friday for the $1.7 trillion government spending bill, claiming in proxy voting letters they could not be present to vote because of the “ongoing public health emergency.”

A total of 226 members from both sides of the political aisle used proxy voting to vote for the 4,000-plus page omnibus bill, the final vote of the 117th Congress, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

“Our nation has $31 trillion in debt, we’re suffering from record-high inflation, and we’re about to vote on a $1.7 trillion spending bill, a record-high spending bill, that’s going to aggravate these things, and more than half of the members of Congress have not shown up to vote on this bill,” Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA), an Appropriations Committee member, said on the House floor ahead of the vote.

The option to vote by proxy, as well as to conduct committee proceedings remotely, was implemented in May 2020 because of surging cases of the Chinese coronavirus. – READ MORE