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House GOP uses procedural tool to protest proxy voting

Republicans staged a protest against proxy voting Thursday by making a motion to adjourn the House, a move they’re hoping will put Democrats in a bind.



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House GOP uses procedural tool to protest proxy voting

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), head of the conservative Freedom Caucus, introduced the motion to adjourn, with GOP lawmakers encouraged to refrain from voting on the motion so that House Democrats will be denied a quorum and forced to conduct official business through proxy votes.

“Basically, the Freedom Caucus wants [Democrats] to be forced to establish a quorum, and they don’t have enough members physically here so the quorum will only be through proxy,” one GOP aide told The Hill.

“Republicans are being urged to not vote on it. That makes it harder to reach a quorum [and therefore] defeat the motion,” said another GOP aide.

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The office of the House Minority Whip previously sent out a note about the planned GOP procedural motion at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Freedom Caucus hopes this will help their ongoing lawsuit challenging the practice of proxy voting during the pandemic.

Republicans are also pushing back on Democrats for scheduling bills like The Big Cat Public Safety Act and a measure aimed at legalizing marijuana when relief funding for small businesses hasn’t been authorized and a government funding deal has not yet been reached.

“[It] will be an effort to raise awareness — rather than debating COVID relief, voting on [Paycheck Protection Program] extension, government funding, etc…we’re voting on the Tiger King bill and legalizing weed,” one senior GOP aide said.

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