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McCarthy Reinstates In-Person Voting, Hearings Requirements for House

'Committees can't be meeting in these ... boxes where nobody's in a room and everybody's in some remote location and you can't even discuss an amendment...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced that congressmen would no longer be allowed to cast their votes remotely by appointing an employee to attend hearings for them, otherwise known as proxy voting.

“No more proxy voting,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. “Effective immediately, Members of Congress have to show up to work if they want their vote to count.”

McCarthy made his intent to end the measure clear during the many rounds of voting for the House speaker position, according to the Post Millennial.

“From the get-go, we warned that proxy voting would be misused as a means of convenience rather than as a precaution for health—and it has been, by members of both parties,” he said.

Rep Steve Scalise, R-La., said that virtual hearings—which became the norm over the course of the lockdowns—are also coming to an end.

“Committees can’t be meeting in these … boxes where nobody’s in a room and everybody’s in some remote location and you can’t even discuss an amendment,” he said. “We’re gonna be back in person again.”

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., implemented proxy voting in May of 2020 as a protective measure against COVID-19.

Democrats took advantage of the proxy-vote system to host campaign rallies, attempting to raise money and gain voters by neglecting their work.

Several Republicans voted by proxy to attend CPAC in 2022. However, many of them were glad to see the practice die out.

Several other pandemic-time measures are being abandoned as the world moves back toward some semblance of normalcy.

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