(ConservativeInsider.org) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has used COVID-19 as an excuse to stretch and manipulate the rules of the House to help her party out. As the pandemic winds down and the majority of lawmakers are vaccinated, Americans expect most of the COVID-era rules to phase out. But, that’s the opposite of what Pelosi is doing, and one attempt by Republicans to stop her was just dismissed by a federal court.
On Tuesday, July 20, a DC federal appeals court unanimously ruled that they could not take on a case involving congressional rules because the Constitution’s Speech and Debate Clause prohibits “intimidation of legislators” by the other government branches. The rule in question is Pelosi’s proxy voting resolution, which allows lawmakers to vote even when they’re not physically present in DC.
The Washington Times shared more about how the lawsuit got started:
The top Republican in the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, filed the lawsuit against Pelosi, challenging her resolution passed in May 2020 to let members vote by proxy.https://t.co/2iv3nC9NDX
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) July 21, 2021
The resolution must be renewed every 45 days and will be up for extension again in mid-August. While lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have taken advantage of the rule, many Americans are wondering if the resolution is actually being extended because Pelosi wants her representatives to be able to spend more campaigning instead of doing their actual job on site. It’s likely that Republicans will appeal their lawsuit to the Supreme Court later this summer in hopes of limiting Speaker Pelosi’s power from here on out.
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