WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and 20 GOP colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives are challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed proxy voting rule, H. Res. 965. The suit is being filed in the D.C. Federal District Court today.
More than 70 House Democrats have already transferred their voting power to other representatives under the rules change. A full list is available here.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“Madame Speaker Pelosi’s proxy voting scheme is completely unconstitutional. We have been working on this litigation challenge since the House Democrats clarified that they intended to actually change over 200 years of Representative Republic House procedure and greatly reduce Congress’ accountability to the American people. I have been a vocal opponent against this rules change, and today we are moving forward with a solid legal challenge. Congress is mandated to meet and conduct the People’s business in person. This was the clear intent of our Founders. No American has ever voted for Congressional representation by a plastic digital card. We vote for human beings. We expect to be represented by human beings. We will ultimately prevail in our determined effort to block the Democrats proxy voting plan and their overall strategy to dehumanize America.”