Conservatives Oppose Proxy Voting

May 29, 2020
Washington, DC

The House of Representatives has now invoked proxy voting, to allow their Members to cast their votes without being present on the House floor. Many constitutional scholars believe this is unconstitutional. We agree, and emphatically oppose it.

We echo the sentiment outlined by Members of the House who have asked the Supreme Court to weigh in:

In the 231-year existence of the United States Congress, neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate has ever permitted a Member to vote by proxy from the floor of the chamber. Through the Civil War; through the burning of the Capitol during the War of 1812 and the terrorist attack on Washington on 9/11; and through the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 and the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, the Congress of the United States has never before flinched from its constitutional duty to assemble at the Nation’s Capital and conduct the People’s business in times of national peril and crisis. So it was for more than two centuries. Until now.

The constitutionality of proxy voting is dubious, given the Constitution’s repeated references to “meeting,” “assembling,” and “attendance.” But, perhaps more importantly, proxy voting violates the fundamental nature of our politics: the duty to bear witness to the changes, large and small, that collectively build the character of the country.

To that end, we urge the Senate to refuse to take up or enroll any legislation passed as a result of the House’s proxy voting measures. We urge the President to veto any legislation that reaches his desk by the same mechanism.


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