The Republicans are banding together to support President Trump and push to reopen the country by choosing to vote at the Capitol in person rather than vote remotely.
The Republicans and Democrats have been at loggerheads over the use of mail-in-ballots in the 2020 elections as most states remain under lockdown and opting for this method of voting to protect their citizens’ potential catching COVID-19.
President Donald Trump along with many Republicans have already voiced their disapproval, stating that such an insecure method of ballot casting open the gates for a potential vote-rigging.
As part of social distancing measures, Democrats pushed through a change to House rules by allowing one designated and authorised member the power to vote on behalf of 10 of their colleagues, hence voting remotely.
These actions taken by both parties further show the widen views on how both sides currently view the situation in the country with the Democrats pushing for caution in the fears of being hit with a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, whilst the Republicans believe its time to reopen America in order to get the economy back on track and support President Trump on his attempts to achieve through leading by example.
Steny Hoyer who is the House Majority Leader for the Democrats defended his colleagues right to use the new coting policy introduced to the house by saying:
“We believe proxy voting is not only consistent with the Constitution but consistent with the responsibility a member has to express the view of their constituents — whether or not they can get to Washington, DC”.
The actions taken by both parties is just a small echo of the ongoing electoral debate on ballot casting that is being battled throughout numerous states.
Any Republicans who do not show up in person to vote may be seen as undermining the party’s agenda to reopen the country and do away with mail-in-votes during the 2020 Presidential elections.
The House representatives are expected to convene at the Capitol to vote on the Paycheck Protection Program and federal surveillance laws amongst other things.