Out McConnelling Mitch
Lovers of democracy, don’t despair! Nancy Pelosi is craftier than you think.
First, she told McConnell that the House gets to decide its own procedures.
“Remote voting by proxy is fully consistent with the Constitution and more than a century of legal precedent, including Supreme Court cases, that make clear the House can determine its own rules. Leader McConnell’s comments are deliberately misleading, as proxy voting has long been used by Senate committees. Simply and sadly, he is trying to find every excuse not to meet the needs of the American people.” – Nancy Pelosi
Then she decided to play the GOP’s game. The first bill the House will vote on via proxy and then send on to the Senate will be on FISA reauthorization, an important issue for Republicans. So now, thanks to the frivolous lawsuit, Senate GOP members will have to decide whether to back the lawsuit or the House of Pelosi.
Pelosi 1, Mitch 0.
Steny Hoyer brings it home!
“Article I, Section 5, clause 2 of the Constitution gives each house of Congress the ability to set its own rules. The courts have previously given the House wide latitude to do so, and the rule change we made to maintain public health fits within those bounds. There is no reason why we should put lives at risk when technology can enable us to meet remotely — just as Senate committees have done.” – Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland