WASHINGTON – Top Appropriations Committee Republican Kay Granger (R-TX) released the following statement announcing that she is joining a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of H.R. 965, the House Democrats’ plan to allow voting by proxy.
"Speaker Pelosi’s scheme to allow voting by proxy, reversing over 230 years of precedent, is unconstitutional and a flagrant assault on the rights of the House Minority.
"The U.S. Constitution clearly states that a majority of Representatives must be physically present for the House to conduct business. Under the House Rule adopted by Speaker Pelosi last week, House Democrats would need only a small fraction of Members present in the House Chamber to pass legislation, allowing for a select few to decide the work of the House — essentially hijacking the voice of the American people. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats’ actions are tantamount to an unconstitutional power grab, with severe repercussions for the Congress as an institution committed to fair representation of the American people and their interests. This is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to stand. That is why I have told Leader McCarthy that I wish to join in the lawsuit he and other Members have filed in federal court to protect the people’s voice in Congress."