In a press release issued Wednesday, three Republican members of the House Committee described a proposed remote voting program for Congressmen, which some Democrats have touted, as “unproven, uncertain and unconstitutional.
A report released on Tuesday by House Committee Chair Zoe Lofgren concluded that the technology to conduct remote voting for the House was available. Although the House of Representatives had authorized voting in May as a security measure during the COVID 19 pandemic, Lofgren’s study is focused on expanding this system. Some members of the GOP have denounced any form of proxy voting. In Wednesday’s statement, it was claimed that the Democrats would use the system of remote voting to avoid personal discussion of issues.
“By shielding themselves from substantive political debate and questions from the Capitol Hill press corps,” the statement said, “the Democrats seem willing to silence the voices of millions of Americans and overthrow centuries of House of Representatives precedent just to protect their own political future.
Wednesday’s joint statement was issued by Rodney Davis, member of the House Rank Committee, Kevin McCarthy, Republican leader in the House of Representatives, and Tom Cole, member of the House Rules Committee.
Although no complete proposal for remote voting was presented, the report issued by the House Management Committee stated that not only was the technology available for the procedure, but that “a tool could be developed to further enhance the flexibility and resilience of the House for use during the pandemic. According to the report, remote voting would serve the legislator as a safety and health factor.
Although Davis was mentioned in the study as “confident” that the right technology exists, Davis claimed in a Wednesday letter to Cole and House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern that such an assessment was “premature.
“While I am strongly opposed to allowing members to vote remotely because I believe it would fundamentally change this institution, and not for the better,” Davis wrote, “I believe it is premature to claim that we have viable technology to implement a secure process.
In May, the Parliament adopted a provisional directive allowing proxy voting. Under this policy, which has been extended three times by the Speaker of the Democratic House, Nancy Pelosi, members of the House can vote in the Capitol for up to ten other legislators who are not present. McCarthy filed suit in May to block this policy, but his suit was dismissed in August by a federal court in Washington, D.C.
Washington Newsday turned to the office of Speaker Pelosi for comment.
In a May address to the House on proxy voting, Texas Republican representative Louie Gohmert said the concept was “wishy-washy-washy.
“They did not do that in the days of the Spanish flu,” Gohmert said. “They didn’t do that in the Civil War, but now we’re going to do it?”
In July, Gohmert announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, but claimed to be fully recovered in September.
According to the statistics site GovTrack, 49 members of the House of Representatives currently participate in the proxy voting process.