House conservative reverses stance on proxy voting — but only for new mothers

Shortly after Republicans took control of the House last year, GOP leaders were quick to undo a number of policies implemented by the previous Democratic majority. Among them was a COVID-era rule that allowed lawmakers to vote remotely. 

Freshman Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) voted with the rest of her party in January 2022 to remove the proxy voting rules and force lawmakers to be present on the floor to cast their votes. The strategy was partly intended to help bolster their slim majority, especially if lawmakers, namely Democrats, were absent from the floor due to sickness or travel. 

Now, Luna wants to make a slight adjustment to allow for one exception: new mothers. 

“I will happily work with any member of Congress to change this but I will not stay silent on this topic,” Luna Read more…

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