Nancy Pelosi is trying to tell the public that it’s too unsafe to have members actually attend Congress for important legislation – but she is also demanding that they show up in person for at least one vote: the vote for Speaker of the House.
Apparently, when her job is on the line, showing up is critical. When it’s just about the lives and livelihood of everyday Americans, she couldn’t care less.
“Pelosi is fine with House Democrats skipping work if the votes are about legislation, but in January she will demand every Democrat show up—in person—to vote for her for Speaker,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. “Her message is clear: her power is more important than anything else.”
Fox News reports:
According to FOX News’ Chad Pergram, Democrats are likely to only hold a maximum of 222 out of 435 seats, while Republicans would have 213. In addition, Pelosi will have the additional challenge of the coronavirus pandemic preventing members from showing up to vote in person.
House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., recently penned a missive to fellow House Democrats warning them about the need to report to the chamber to start the 117th Congress on Jan. 3.
It’s my opinion that elected representatives should show up to vote in person. If we’re expecting people in grocery stores to continue to do their jobs, why not Congress?
Do they think they’re somehow more valuable than us, and shouldn’t have to run the same risks?