Burchett takes to WSJ opinion section to decry proxy voting in Congress

U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville) has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today denouncing the ongoing practice of proxy voting and virtual meetings in Congress.

“I didn’t run for Congress to sit on Zoom in my district office or to have one of my colleagues cast votes on my behalf,” Burchett writes. “These often-abused protocols were implemented in response to a pandemic that is in retreat.”

The current rules are “ineffective and abused by members of both parties,” he writes. Some GOP members used proxy voting so they could attend a CPAC meeting in February, while Democrats have done so to campaign or accompany President Joe Biden on a trip to Wisconsin, according to Burchett. He is similarly critical of virtual meetings.

“Policy experts work in Washington offices, where these hearings should be taking place in person,” Burchett said.

While Burchett sees bipartisan lapses, he blames the current state of affairs on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“Exploitation of the House’s coronavirus protocols won’t stop unless the rules change so that members are expected to show up to work and do their jobs,” Burchett said. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs to take a step back, look at the rest of the country, and re-evaluate how she is running the House.”

18 Responses to Burchett takes to WSJ opinion section to decry proxy voting in Congress

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    John Duncan, Heritage 80%, to Tim Burchett, Heritage 97% as we move RIGHTWARD, RIGHTWARD, RESOLUTELY RIGHTWARD here in Tennessee. Well said Tim!

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      Angie says:

      I do not have an issue with legislators appropriately staffing and working primarily from district offices. I think we’d be better served if this were the norm. Also, Tim voted by proxy or at least formally designated Harshbarger as his proxy last month. https://clerk.house.gov/legislative/proxy-letters/117/1/20210623/Burchett-TN02-20210623.pdf

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      There is no one better suited to carry ones proxy in the entire Tennessee Republican House delegation than Diana Harshbarger (Heritagee-98%) who is up for Rookie of the Year honors and who should be returned to the House by acclimation by First District voters without even going through the expense and trouble to hold an election in 2022.

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    MARLE says:

    You should all sit in your home district and conduct most business virtually. Will keep you out of the clutches of K-Street lobbyist OR at least they’ll have to travel to some city in Nashville and infuse our economy with the revenue from hotels, restaurants, etc.

    Turn the Capitol into a show place and you guys come sit back home with the rest of us accessible more often and hiring locals to fill your Local office staff positions.

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      James White says:

      That idea has potential.

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        MARLE says:

        I first offered this as an option as technology presented the possibility of doing it. Now it is absolutely possible that they spend nearly ALL of their term AIS (ass in seat) in their home base. Instead of dining in swank restaurants in Foggy Bottom they can dine out Among their constituents in the Gulch or elsewhere infusing economies across the state.

        And we could bump into them in the grocery store, church etc. CITIZEN legislators, not Washington elites, should be the model and Technology can make it happen. Turn the Capitol Building into a high priced museum to democracy with all its glories and ills.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          Amen to that, Marle!

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          James White says:

          And most are NOT in Nashville for their home district office….

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            MARLE says:

            They should be in an office space In Their Home District. In the case of our 2 Senators we can let them decide where to be. But the one place they shouldn’t Never be virtually all the time is in DC!

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            MARLE says:

            And the comment should have had “Tennessee” where I wrote Nashville. Today I closed on a house 2-states away and monitored the awol UPS overnite delivery which should have been there yesterday. Monitoring the wire proceeds transfer. In addition the market is down and I am buying. So I am clearly a person who can do only 3 things at once, not 4.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            And a very important lesson to be learned here as well, viz. even ubermenchen have their limitations.

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            MARLE says:

            Yes, Stuart, I got a couple of words out of place. TRAGIC!!! But at least I have an excuse. “Golden Calfs”

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      steve cates says:

      It’s like the TN General Assembly members; we are all better off when they are NOT in Nashville. The same could be said for our house reps and senators in Congress.

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    James White says:

    Get US Out of the United Nations, Get the United Nations Out of the US, Bring ALL of Our Troops Home from Every Nation, End Foreign Aid to EVERY Nation.

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    David Collins says:

    If he wants to sit in the House Chamber in order to cast his vote, he can do so. What’s stopping him?

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    Eddie White says:

    That went out the door last November. Biden is back.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Burchett needs to go the way of trump and stay away from politics, he is terrible at politics.