Speaker Nancy Pelosi has faced intense backlash since the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a measure to change longstanding rules requiring in-person voting to allow a vote by proxy.
House Republicans staunchly opposed the rule change and are going after Pelosi in a big way for her stunt.
As noted by the Washington Times, North Carolina GOP Rep. Ted Budd has filed legislation that would withhold the pay of any member who casts a vote without being present.
The basic premise of Budd’s bill is simple: if you don’t show up to work to do your job, you shouldn’t get paid — especially when your checks are essentially signed by the American taxpayers you were elected to represent.
The congressman’s office issued a press release announcing his No Pay for Proxy Voting Act, which would temporarily withhold the pay of members that take advantage of the new proxy rule to cast votes without actually being present in the House chamber.
“Outsourcing the duty of a member of Congress is unconstitutional and wrong. House members should not be allowed to send someone else to do their jobs for them,” Budd said.
“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 added. “If they don’t come to work, they shouldn’t receive their taxpayer-funded paycheck.”
Budd was joined by at least six co-sponsors for his bill, including fellow North Carolina Republicans Dan Bishop and David Rouzer and Reps. Jack Bergman (R-MI), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), John Curtis (R-UT), Alex Mooney (R-WV), and Bill Posey (R-FL).
House Republicans are revolting against Pelosi over this.
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