Conservatives Oppose Proxy Voting

Conservative Action Project — Friday, May 29, 2020

Washington, DC

The House of Representatives has now invoked proxy voting, to allow their Members to cast their votes without being present on the House floor. Many constitutional scholars believe this is unconstitutional. We agree, and emphatically oppose it.

We echo the sentiment outlined by Members of the House who have asked the Supreme Court to weigh in:

In the 231-year existence of the United States Congress, neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate has ever permitted a Member to vote by proxy from the floor of the chamber. Through the Civil War; through the burning of the Capitol during the War of 1812 and the terrorist attack on Washington on 9/11; and through the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 and the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, the Congress of the United States has never before flinched from its constitutional duty to assemble at the Nation’s Capital and conduct the People’s business in times of national peril and crisis. So it was for more than two centuries. Until now.

The constitutionality of proxy voting is dubious, given the Constitution’s repeated references to “meeting,” “assembling,” and “attendance.” But, perhaps more importantly, proxy voting violates the fundamental nature of our politics: the duty to bear witness to the changes, large and small, that collectively build the character of the country.

To that end, we urge the Senate to refuse to take up or enroll any legislation passed as a result of the House’s proxy voting measures. We urge the President to veto any legislation that reaches his desk by the same mechanism.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
Tom McClusky
March for Life Action
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Conservative Partnership Institute
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
Herman Pirchner, Jr.
Founding President
American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)
The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
The Honorable Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)
Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch, Inc.
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
William L. Walton
Council for National Policy
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Lisa B. Nelson James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute
Joseph R. Gregory
CEO and President
Gregory Mgt. Co.
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation
Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values
Grace-Marie Turner
Galen Institute
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan’s Defense and Space Negotiator
Former SDI Director
Dr. Frank Wright
D. James Kennedy Ministries
Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum
Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
Steve Berger
Grace Chapel
Joseph A. Morris
Attorney / Partner at Morris & De La Rosa
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Reagan / Meese)
The Honorable Scott Walker
Young America’s Foundation
Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Nancy Schulze
Physicians for Reform
Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation
Christina Murphy Lusk
Campaign for the American Future
Guillermo J. Aragon
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Imaging, Inc.
Benjamin Nieuwsma
Founder and CEO
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Eunie Smith
Eagle Forum
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
Kathleen Patten
President & CEO
American Target Advertising
Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Media Research Center
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Amapola Hansberger
Legal Immigrants for America
Melissa Kaye Ortiz
Jim Martin
60 Plus Association
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Randy M. Long
Long Business Advisors, LLC
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
Dr. Paige Patterson
Sandy Creek Foundation
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association
The Honorable Mike Hill
Florida State House
Dr. Virginia Armstrong
National Court Watch Chairman
Eagle Forum
Willes K Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
J. Christian Adams
Public Interest Legal Foundation
Eric Georgatos
Executive Producer
America Can We Talk?
Andresen Blom
Hawaiian Values
Darrell Henry
Executive Director
Western Caucus Foundation
Rob Gluskin
Managing Partner
Gluskin Investment Partners
Richard Norman
Founder & President
The Richard Norman Company
Charlie Gerow
Vice Chairman
American Conservative Union
Seton Motley
Less Government
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
Marlin Sharp
Field Director
STAND Foundation, Inc.
Sheryl Kaufman
Board of Directors
Americans for Limited Government
Chad Connelly
Faith Wins
Kielle C. Horton
The Lindsey Foundation
Ed Martin
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Floyd Brown
The Western Journal
Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
Kent Glesener
Paradigm Construction & Engineering Inc
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government
Martha Boneta
Vote America First
Khadine Ritter
Eagle Forum of Ohio
E.C. Sykes
General Partner
Aslan Ventures
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park
The Honorable Peter Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Richard D. Hayes
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP
Tim LeFever
Capitol Resource Institute
Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications
Lori Roman
American Constitutional Rights Union
Michael J. Horowitz
21st Century Initiatives
Lee Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group
The Honorable Terrence Scanlon
Commissioner, Chairman (1985-89)
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Reverend Gregory Quinlan
Founder & Executive Director
Center for Garden State Families
Jay Mount
MDS Communications
Dr. Rick Scarborough
Recover America Now
Susan A. Carleson
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
William Shaker
Washington Marketing Group
Robert Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute
Tom DeWeese
American Policy Center
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy
Randall S. Page
Chief of Staff
Bob Jones University
Penna Dexter
Point of View Radio
Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Ralph A. Rebandt II
Lead Pastor
Oakland Hills Community Church
Tom Schatz
Citizens Against Government Waste
Dr. Richard Lee
There’s Hope America
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO

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