Supreme Court Rejects Republicans’ Challenge to Pelosi’s Voting Rules

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a legal challenge by GOP lawmakers on COVID-19-related proxy voting rules that were set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for House representatives.

The rules, which were set up in May 2020, allow members of the House to serve as proxies for colleagues in isolation due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, or who were otherwise not able to cast votes on the floor.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other GOP members filed a challenge with the high court to reverse a lower court decision in July 2021 on the rules. At the time, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed that courts don’t have jurisdiction to weigh in on the House’s rules and procedures, affirming another lower court decision that reached a similar conclusion.

The Pelosi-backed proxy voting resolution passed by the House enabled lawmakers to act as a proxy for up to 10 colleagues at any one time, requiring that they disclose which members they intended to represent. It was embraced early in the pandemic and was intended to be temporary, but has been extended several times, and has remained in effect until at least Feb. 13.

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