Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) was among a number of Republican members of Congress who lied to the House Clerk in order to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida last week, filing a proxy vote on the COVID relief bill under the guise of “the ongoing public health emergency.”
CBS News reported last week that at least 13 House Republicans “filed paperwork to have colleagues cast their votes on the COVID-19 relief bill Friday evening, citing the ongoing pandemic,” but were also slated to speak at CPAC.
Republican Representatives Madison Cawthorn and Ted Budd of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz and Greg Steube of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Mark Green of Tennessee, Devin Nunes of California, Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Darrell Issa of California, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Jim Banks of Indiana and Ronny Jackson of Texas, filed paperwork with the House clerk this week, stating, “I am unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency.”
Cawthorn, Budd, Gaetz and Steube were slated to address the conservative gathering on Friday, while the others are slated for Saturday and Sunday remarks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi implemented proxy voting in May 2020 to give members of the House a way to vote while avoiding travel that could expose them to COVID-19 during the pandemic. She has since extended proxy voting multiple times.
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