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Proxy voting ended: McCarthy requires Congress to 'show up to work if they want their vote to count'

U.S. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy R-Calif. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced on Thursday that members of Congress are no longer allowed to cast proxy votes and must instead vote in person.

The practice of voting by proxy was established by former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in May 2020 to allow lawmakers to observe recommended COVID protocol. Pelosi then extended the policy several times.

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