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Speaker Pelosi’s Legacy Dealt A Crushing Blow

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Federal Judge Rules House of Representatives Acted Unconstitutionally in Passing $1.7 Trillion Federal Budget.

A Major Blow

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Recently, a federal judge in Texas delivered a significant ruling, declaring that the U.S. House of Representatives violated the Constitution when it employed proxy voting to pass a major spending bill in December 2022. This ruling has sparked intense debates and raised questions about the constitutional implications of proxy voting and its impact on legislative procedures and decision-making.

Constitution violation

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The judge said Speaker Nancy Pelosi violated the Constitution by allowing members to vote without being physically present. State Attorney General Paxton wrote in a press release, “Congress acted egregiously by passing the largest spending bill in U.S. history with fewer than half the members of the House bothering to do their jobs, show up, and vote in person. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi abused proxy voting under the pretext of COVID-19 to pass this law, then Biden signed it, knowing they violated the Constitution. This was a stunning violation of the rule of law. I am relieved the Court upheld the Constitution.”

Proxy voting

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In a decisive ruling, U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix determined that the House’s use of proxy voting during the passage of the $1.7 trillion federal budget in 2022 violated the Constitution’s Quorum Clause. This clause mandates a physical quorum of members to conduct legislative business, a requirement that was allegedly not met due to the use of proxy voting.

validity of votes

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The ruling has implications for the validity of votes cast during that period and has opened the door to potential legal challenges to pandemic-era legislation, particularly the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) included in the omnibus spending bill.

Physically present

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“For over 235 years, Congress understood the Constitution’s Quorum Clause to require a majority of members of the House or Senate to be physically present to constitute the necessary quorum to pass legislation,” wrote AG Paxton. “This rule prevents a minority of members from passing legislation that affects the entire nation. But despite the Constitution’s text and centuries of consistent practice, the House in 2020 created a rule that permitted non-present members to be included in the quorum count and vote by proxy.”

New law included

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“Pursuant to that novel rule, the House passed a new law included within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, and that particular provision affects Texas,” explained Paxton.

Unconstitutional

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The controversy surrounding proxy voting stems from its implementation by House Democrats amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, allowing the House to pass legislation without a physical quorum of members present. This mechanism counted virtually present or proxy-voting members toward a quorum, a practice that has now been deemed unconstitutional. The ruling has prompted reflections on the impact of proxy voting on legislative procedures and the constitutional framework governing congressional decision-making.

Judge’s ruling

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The federal judge’s ruling has raised questions about the constitutionality of legislative actions carried out in the absence of a physical quorum, particularly during extraordinary circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pivotal moment

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The decision’s potential legal ramifications and its implications for legislation passed during the period of proxy voting have drawn attention to the intersection of legal interpretations and congressional procedures, signaling a pivotal moment in the ongoing debate over the use of proxy voting in legislative processes.

Heightened scrutiny

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Following the ruling, the House’s use of proxy voting has come under heightened scrutiny, prompting discussions about the necessity of upholding constitutional requirements for quorum and the implications for legislative decision-making.

Potential impact

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The ruling’s potential impact on future legislative practices and the need for adherence to constitutional mandates in congressional proceedings remain topics of significant interest as the legal and political ramifications of the decision continue to unfold.

$1.7 trillion

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The federal judge’s ruling on the unconstitutionality of the House of Representatives’ use of proxy voting during the passage of a $1.7 trillion federal budget in December 2022 has ignited debates and raised questions about the constitutional implications of legislative procedures and decision-making. As discussions evolve, it becomes imperative to consider the broader legal and political ramifications of the ruling and its potential impact on future congressional practices.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. donald

    March 31, 2024 at 7:11 pm

    So, voting by proxy (not being present at the vote), (mail in ballots). Kind of a conundrum don’t you think? A federal court has ruled that voting by proxy (not being present at the vote) is unconstitutional. One could assume then that at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, that voting by proxy (mail in voting). should have been ruled unconstitutional as well. You must be present at the vote in order for your vote to be counted. If you have reasons why you can’t be present, you just don’t get a vote that go around. make all necessary arrangements ahead of time, to guarantee you being present at the voting station. Remember to bring a valid, up to date state ID, or you can not vote.

    • C E

      March 31, 2024 at 8:56 pm

      Not true. The quorum clause applies only to the entities defined in the law, not to voters. Additionally, it would be impossible to get all the voters in one place to make a quorum. Not so with the House of Representatives or the Senate.

      • Bertley Englade

        April 4, 2024 at 12:27 pm

        That is not what he said! You must be a LIBERAL!

    • Jack

      April 1, 2024 at 12:27 pm

      When are they going to really investigate Pelosi and bring light as to how she got so rich from her manipulation of everything?

      Why is the Democratic double standard always overlooked??

    • Bertley Englade

      April 4, 2024 at 12:30 pm

      How do you check MAIL-IN Votes?

  2. Barbara Hammer

    March 31, 2024 at 8:55 pm

    Nancy Pelosi did a lot of things. That are not supposed to done. She broke the law of insider trading also. Why is it she got away with it. Marther got caught and she went to jail. Pelosi should have too.

    • Martha

      April 1, 2024 at 2:34 am

      You are Right, in my opinion she did a lot of damage to our nation while she was Speaker of the House!

      • Jack

        April 1, 2024 at 12:35 pm

        Pelosi taught the country how to hate, by going on TV every day just to put down, bash the president, he could not even do his job… Now, Biden gets away with anything he wants…

        Thus the Democratic double standard!!

    • Jack

      April 1, 2024 at 12:32 pm

      Why is the Democratic double standard always overlooked?

      Pelosi taught the country how to hate, by going on TV every day just to bash the president… You don’t see that BS happing now, or before she was the Speaker!!

      Her actions were disgraceful, and never investigated…What about the P.O. building sales or the California land right away’s for the fast train manipulations?

    • steve oakley

      April 2, 2024 at 4:55 pm

      I agree she should be prosecuted she’s not above the law anyone else will already be in jail like Martha Stewart.

  3. william isiah arnold

    April 1, 2024 at 9:41 pm

    Pelosi should be serving a 20 year sentence for inside trading and and
    her husband who won the Post Office deal because Pelosi refused to request a minimum 4 proposal bids

  4. Rebecca Watson Kahn

    April 2, 2024 at 3:24 pm

    Pelosi said it all when questioned about limits on Congressional authority (paraphrased), “There’s nothing we can’t do.” Says it all.

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