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McClain votes remotely from Trump event after criticizing Dems for proxy voting

By: - July 7, 2021 2:59 pm

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) walking to the House Floor at the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. | Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Weeks after criticizing several of her Democratic colleagues for casting votes remotely by proxy during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Bruce Twp.) took advantage of the system on June 29 and 30 while at the southern border for an event with former President Donald Trump.

According to the House clerk documents, McClain cited the “ongoing public health emergency” as her reason for having to remotely cast her roll-call votes both days. In fact, the freshman congresswoman was with Trump and other House Republicans in southern Texas for press events.

On May 21, McClain tweeted: “Proxy voting must end, and lawmakers should return and do their jobs,” in response to an article about seven Michigan House Democrats using the proxy voting system while participating in a Dearborn event with President Joe Biden.

“We are here to represent the people, voting by proxy takes away that representation,” McClain added.

McClain spokesperson Stacey Daniels did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Advance, but told the Detroit News on Monday that McClain has not changed her views on proxy voting but rather is playing by the same rules as Democrats.

“It’s time Democrats and Republicans play by the same rules, and right now those rules allow for proxy voting,” Daniels said. “… There’s a big difference in proxy voting so you can stay home, and proxy voting to do official business.”

Voting by proxy has been an option for members since May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).