Congressman ‘Forgot’ to Cast Proxy Vote That May Have Killed Democrat-Backed Spending Package: Spokesperson

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A member of the House didn’t cast a proxy vote for a fellow congressman on the Democrat-backed $1.9 billion Capitol security spending bill because it slipped his mind, according to a spokesperson.

A spokesperson for Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) told Just the News that “Calvert had been voting by proxy” for Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) “throughout the week” before the vote was held. It came just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) extended the COVID-19 vote-by-proxy mandate for several more weeks, a move criticized by Republicans.

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But for the vote on the $1.9 billion package on May 20, “Rep. Calvert made a mistake and simply forgot to cast Rep. Carter’s vote,” the spokesperson said.

Carter had submitted a letter to the House clerk to give Calvert the authority to vote by proxy.

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The bill passed 213-212, as several Democratic members of the leftist “Squad” voted against the bill or abstained, many of whom cited the bill’s additional funding for police departments as their reason for opposing the bill.


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