Republicans cast doubt on future of US House bills passed by proxy

WASHINGTON, DC: Republicans warned on Wednesday (May 27) that legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives during the coronavirus pandemic may not become law if lawmakers are allowed to cast their votes remotely under a new voting system.

A day after filing a federal lawsuit to overturn rules allowing proxy voting, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said any bills approved under the new system may be unconstitutional and could be ignored by the Republican-led US Senate.

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"It's playing a baseball game under protest. At the end of the game, we'll figure out who's right," McCarthy told reporters at a press conference. "Whatever the Democrats move forward probably will never … become law."

For a bill to become law, it must pass the House and Senate and be signed by the president.

McCarthy spoke hours before the first-ever proxy vote, which allows some lawmakers to vote on behalf of colleagues who are absent. The Democratic majority, which approved proxy voting on May 15 in a party-line vote, say the change will allow the House to function while observing social distancing guidelines.

In a lawsuit filed in US District Court on Tuesday, more than 20 Republican lawmakers and their constituents argued the change is unconstitutional and diminishes their voting power.

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House Republicans hold a news conference on the constitutionality of voting by proxy on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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