Congressional lawmakers have a cushy job as it is. COVID-19 restrictions have allowed them even more leeway — and some are taking full advantage.
Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) said she couldn’t vote in person in Washington, D.C., due to an “ongoing public health emergency” of COVID-19, Breitbart reported. Meanwhile, Craig was in her home district rubbing elbows — unmasked — with President Joe Biden and attending an NBA game.
“It was wonderful to welcome @POTUS to #MN02 today to discuss just how much the bipartisan infrastructure package will benefit our local communities,” Craig tweeted on Nov. 30 with a photo of her on the tarmac. “Now, it’s back to Washington to continue our hard work #ForThePeople.”
This was the same day she had voted via proxy on important legislation while claiming the health exemption. Craig missed H.R. 4026, the Social Determinants of Health Data Analysis Act, and H.R. 550, the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act but cast her vote from afar.
However, the most egregious use came the following day in the form of a tweet from a Minnesota Timberwolves game where Craig’s beaming unmasked smile exposed the believability of her health concerns. The Target Center where the NBA team plays has a capacity of nearly 20,000 fans.
— Angie Craig (@AngieCraigMN) December 2, 2021
Several other Democrats have similarly been caught in their lies about proxy voting while enjoying vacations, visits with family, or appearances with Biden. The fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi allows it has been challenged as unconstitutional or, at the very least, unnecessary.
In April, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) promised that the practice would be reversed if Republicans retook the House in the 2022 midterms. Similarly, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) promised that any legislation passed through proxy voting would be “challenged” over a practice he said was “unconstitutional.”
These lawmakers get rich while in office and enjoy other perks of the job. The least they could do is show up to vote, especially when they’re out and about in the world anyway.