GOP plan would block pay for lawmakers who voted via proxy during coronavirus pandemic – By Stephen Dinan (The Washington Times) / May 28 2020
If members of Congress can’t be bothered to show up and vote, they shouldn’t collect their pay, according to a group of House Republicans who announced legislation Thursday that would strip them of their pay if they use Democrats’ new designated voter scheme.
Rep. Ted Budd, North Carolina Republican, is leading the rebellion against what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls “proxy voting.”
“In the real world, if you don’t show up for your job, you don’t get paid. The same principle should apply to our country’s representatives,” he said. “If they don’t come to work, they shouldn’t receive their taxpayer-funded paycheck.”
The House this week is breaking new ground by using the designated voter system.
Under it, lawmakers who fear contracting coronavirus are allowed to forgo showing up at the Capitol, and instead rely on a colleague to cast their votes for them on the House floor.