Liz Cheney Accuses Dems of “Unconstitutional Abuse of Power” in passing Proxy Voting

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WI) tweeted Friday in response to the Democrat-led house passing remote voting for lawmakers amid the coronavirus:

Democrats just disregarded the Constitution and shredded over 200 yrs of House precedent with their partisan rule change.

This is the People’s House, not Pelosi’s House.

In a new press release, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) accuses Democrats of a “Unconstitutional Abuse of Power” in passing proxy voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the following statement after voting against House Democrats’ proposal to change the rules of the House to allow for proxy voting on the House floor:

“House Democrats are risking damage to our constitutional republic by adopting a proxy voting scheme along partisan lines. Our founders intended that Congress convene and deliberate. The Constitution requires a majority of members be present to constitute a quorum to conduct business. In times of national emergency, changes in House operations may be necessary, but those changes should never be the subject of heavy-handed partisan maneuvering in blatant disregard of constitutional imperative, precedent and the rights of the minority.”

Per ABC News, the House passed a measure on Friday allowing lawmakers to vote by proxy during the coronavirus pandemic, a significant policy shift that will allow members to cast floor votes remotely for the first time in the chamber’s 231-year history.

The vote, on the same day the chamber considered a $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, followed weeks of debate on Capitol Hill over how to best adapt the famously close-quarters, back-slapping work environment to the virus outbreak that has killed 87,000 Americans.

The measure passed 217-189, with three Democrats and Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan voting with Republicans against the change. Twenty-four members did not vote.

Experts considered the proposal the most significant adjustment to House floor policy since the 1970s, when the chamber began voting electronically and C-SPAN started broadcasting debates.

“It is a pretty big step, certainly for Congress,” Sarah Binder, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, told ABC News.