On Wednesday, the House of Representatives condemned China’s treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority, the first time in history that dozens of legislators voted by proxy.
Democrats approved a proxy vote this month in response to the corona virus epidemic, arguing it was a smart move to protect members’ health. Republicans oppose reform and sue it for being unconstitutional.
While this legislation is likely to further enrich the relationship between the United States and China, it was also a contradiction among lawmakers, passing 413-1. It passed the Senate unanimously this month.
The Uighur recognizes the Human Rights Policy Act The Trump administration says the Chinese government is a counterterrorism campaign to allow Chinese officials responsible for censorship or detention of large numbers of Uighurs in the West.
Chen. Republicans backed the bill, written by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), And they believe any legislation passed using proxy votes will eventually be struck down by a Supreme Court ruling.
“For more than 231 years, we’ve never seen a proxy vote on the floor of the House,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Told reporters Wednesday morning. “Whatever Democrats move forward, it will never be considered law.”
Before lawmakers voted, McCarthy noted it 71 Democrats sent letters At the same time, 12 Democrats voted on a $ 3 trillion coronavirus package this month for a clerk authorizing them to vote for legislators.
“I wonder if any of them are raising funds today,” McCarthy said.
Four New York Democrats voted for the bill: Representatives Nita Loewy, Carolyn Maloney, Jose Serrano and Paul Tonko.
Rep. Grace Meng, a Democrat representing Queens, removed the mask of a lecturer as she announced she would vote in favor of the bill on behalf of Loewy, Serrano and Tongo.
Democratic Representative Max Ross, representing Staten Island and Brooklyn, voted on behalf of Maloney.
Lawmakers had little bumps in voting for each other. Rose stumbled upon the words of the statement announcing Maloney’s vote. “Get it right,” said one man at the C-Span Hot Mic.
Rep. Dan Beyer of Northern Virginia voted on behalf of seven colleagues, but had to return to the lecturer after one appeared to have been forgotten, Rep. Ted Lee (D-Calif.).
Bayer reps. ) And Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.).
Democrats and Republicans have been pushing throughout the day whether reform is legal. House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) Said it would be wrong for Republicans to refer to proxy voting as a reduction in duty, saying lawmakers should still “pay attention to the measures” and tell their proxy how to vote.
Similar versions of the bill condemning the treatment of China’s ethnic group were passed by the House and Senate last year, before the Corona virus epidemic, when several US officials accused Chinese government officials of ineffective control and fraud.
After Wednesday, the council is scheduled to vote on the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The bill could fail after President Trump and Congress delayed their opposition to the progressive Caucus.