Pelosi extends House proxy voting through at least mid-May

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday extended the period by which House vote by proxy through May 14 as the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and more municipalities across the United States relax restrictions. 

In her announcement, Pelosi, a California Democrat, cited a memo from Sergeant at Arms William Walker, who consulted with the U.S. Attending Physician Dr. Brian Monahan, for the move. Walker wrote “public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 remains in effect.”

“In light of the attached notification by the Sergeant-at-Arms, in consultation with the Office of Attending Physician, that a public health emergency is in effect due to a novel coronavirus, I am hereby extending the ‘covered period,'” Pelosi wrote. 

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    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. On Monday, Pelosi announced that proxy voting will remain in place for House members through at least May 14. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    The U.S. Capitol. (Kelly Laco/Fox News) ( )

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    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. McCarthy and Republicans have opposed proxy voting and have called for the practice to stop.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi has extended proxy voting several times during the pandemic. The move allows House members to vote on another person’s behalf if they aren’t physically present to do so, an exception that became commonplace as COVID-19 cases began to surge across the country. 

In February, Monahan rescinded the House mask mandate after guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a phased re-opening of the Capitol began this month. 

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