Republicans sued for proxy voting, now use it to attend CPAC

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WASHINGTON – House Republicans were furious this summer when the House made undisclosed changes allowing lawmakers to appoint a proxy and vote on their behalf amid travel problems from the COVID-19 pandemic.

They held news conferences. They lobbied their members against using the proxy function. Republican House leaders even took legal action against the change, calling it unconstitutional.

But now it looks like a lot of GOP members have changed their minds. And a host of Republicans have appointed proxies, each citing “the ongoing public health emergency,” to travel to Florida for the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Since Thursday, when CPAC began its annual conference, nearly two dozen House Republicans have written letters to the House Clerk advising him of their absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have appointed an attorney. to vote on their behalf. Other,…

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