Nancy Pelosi uses 'public health emergency' to extend remote voting in US House

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“Pursuant to section 3(s) of House Resolution 8, following consultation with the Office of Attending Physician, I write to provide you further notification that the public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 remains in effect,” the letter from Sergeant at Arms William Walker reads.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy has pledged to eliminate remote voting if the midterm results give the Republicans the House majority. While the final results are yet to be tallied, the GOP are leading the Democrats by a significant margin and it is looking increasingly likely that they will take the House.

In a letter sent out to House Republicans on Thursday in which McCarthy announced his bid for House speaker, he vowed to put an immediate end to remote voting in the Hosue chamber.

“We will immediately reopen the Capitol and end the Democrat proxy voting and remote work schemes that have inflicted untold damage to this institution,” his statement read.

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