PELOSI -- Statement on House Republicans Suing to Block Remote Voting by Proxy

May 26, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on House Republicans’ plans to sue to block remote voting by proxy:

“House Republicans’ sad stunt shows that their only focus is to delay and obstruct urgently-needed action to meet the needs of American workers and families during the coronavirus crisis.

“The House made its will clear two weeks ago when it voted to implement remote voting by proxy and other necessary measures to ensure that Congress can continue to protect lives and livelihoods.  The House’s position that remote voting by proxy during a pandemic is fully consistent with the Constitution is supported by expert legal analyses.  Further, the Supreme Court made clear over a century ago that the Constitution empowers each chamber of Congress to set its own procedural rules. 

“As our nation approaches the heartbreaking milestone of 100,000 lives lost to COVID-19, House Republicans must stop their dangerous obstruction and join Democrats to save lives, defeat the virus and grow the economy.”