Quorum Call: Don't Expect the Constitution to Stop Pelosi's House Hijinks
June 10, 2020
In mid-May, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing remote voting by proxy. Per the resolution, one congressperson may vote on behalf of up to ten others. In theory, as few as 40 of the House's 435 members could show up in Washington for the House to do business.
But Article I, Section 5 of the US Constitution says otherwise: "[A] Majority of each [house of Congress] shall constitute a Quorum to do Business." That means 218 members must be present for the House to do anything.
As May draws to a close and the House Democratic majority prepares to race its shiny new un...