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Chairman McGovern Responds to Circuit Court Ruling Dismissing House Republicans’ Appeal Challenging Remote Voting


WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today issued the following statement after House Republicans’ appeal attempting to block remote voting by proxy during the coronavirus pandemic was dismissed by the D.C. Circuit:

This ruling upholds what the Constitution and more than 100 years of legal precedent have made clear: that the House has the ability to set its own rules. Democrats and Republicans have utilized proxy voting during this pandemic to protect public health and keep this institution functioning. The fact that the Minority Leader is suing to prevent Congress from safely conducting the people’s business is unfortunate but emblematic of the way he approaches his role here. If Minority Leader McCarthy truly cares about this institution, he would drop this frivolous lawsuit and focus on what is actually threatening its integrity – those who spread dangerous conspiracy theories and downplay what happened on January 6th.”

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