McCarthy Urges Pelosi to Scrap Proxy Voting Plan

By Melanie Arter | April 27, 2020 | 7:54pm EDT
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has pulled back on a plan to hold proxy voting, which would have allowed House members to vote remotely.

“I want to get started with the letter that you sent to the speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to try to get her to push back on this proxy voting, as well as to ensure that certain key committees come back to work. Tell us about the letter you sent her and the response you have gotten,” host Maria Bartiromo said.

“Well, I sent a letter to her last week. She wanted to change 200 years of history. So, constituents lend their voice to their congresswoman or congressman for two years and want to hold them accountable. What Nancy Pelosi wanted to do was Congress was to be able to hold 200 proxies, 200 different votes for members of Congress to make her more powerful in control of the floor,” McCarthy said.

“Fortunately, after my letter and our discussion with her, she has pulled back on that, but Congress is essential. We have worked through the Civil War, World War II and others. We need to get to work. And just as states wouldn't open up completely at once, we need committees to come back in, like Armed Services to do the national defense bill,” the minority leader said.

“You have appropriators making sure government is funded. You could bring oversight back to look at the WHO, and the current administration of the WHO is acting not like the World Health Organization, but more like the Wuhan Health Organization,” he said.|w“We should actually get the facts and the answers. And those committees could come back, with not the entire Congress, to show that we are working for the American public, just as American as we watch these states phase in, in a safe, healthy manner,” McCarthy said.

The minority leader said that Pelosi wanted House members to hold off on coming back to Capitol Hill until May.

“That is the current plan, but after my conversation with the speaker, she put together three Republicans and three Democrats, myself and the majority leader and others, to start working on planning on how we can do this. I don't think you should change the history of how Congress votes to empower one side. Congress can work. We just proved it,” McCarthy said.

“We have passed some of the biggest bills in the history of Congress during this pandemic. We can open up in a manner and have committees working. They can work in bigger buildings, so they have social distancing. They can do it in a safe manner while all the members aren't there, and we can have product being worked for the American public,” he said.

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