US Rep Michael McCaul tests positive for COVID-19, will vote by proxy

Texas Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Austin) announced on Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Next week, the House will be voting on three bills- H.R. 4673: EVEST Act, H.R. 1836: Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021, and H.R. 5746: NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2021.

McCaul plans on voting by proxy, which entails McCaul giving permission to another representative to vote on his behalf.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) listens as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the House Committee On Foreign Affairs March 10, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Blinken is expected to take questions ab

Proxy voting's reemergence in 2020 was due to COVID-19 health risks, but the practice has gotten backlash, says the Congressional Institute. Congress had not utilized voting by proxy since 1995, and it's still being used over a year after its reinstatement.

The Congressional Institute argues that proxy voting hinders the House's effectiveness, and all members of Congress should be obliged to vote on the floor, in-person. The institute advocated for the elimination of voting by proxy in May 2021, stating that a year of allowing proxy voting was enough. 

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