Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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House Republicans ask courts to block proxy voting

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/27/20, 11:27 am

WASHINGTON—House Republicans sued Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other top congressional officials on Tuesday for violating the constitutional requirement that congressional lawmakers assemble in person to conduct official business. Not a single Republican voted in favor when Democrats changed House rules earlier this month to allow one representative to vote on behalf of up to 10 others during public health emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic.

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United States threatens treaty withdrawal

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/22/20, 11:51 am

President Donald Trump said Thursday that Russia has not complied with a 1992 agreement allowing reconnaissance flights over its territory. Thirty-five nations have signed the Open Skies Treaty to encourage accountability for buildups of military strength. Trump notified member nations that the United States plans to formally exit the agreement in six months but would reconsider if Russia committed to compliance.

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Should representatives represent each other?

Politics | House allows proxy voting in response to coronavirus concerns
by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/21/20, 05:39 pm

Members of Congress first proposed using an electronic switch to record their votes in the 1880s, but it took until 1973 for the House of Representatives to adopt the change. Once the coronavirus pandemic hit, however, it took just two months for House lawmakers to allow temporary proxy voting, one of the most significant changes to congressional voting procedures in U.S. history.

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