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H.R. 7044 (116th): No Pay for Proxy Voting Act

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Should a representative’s salary be docked if they don’t want to risk infection by coming to work on Capitol Hill?


In American history, the House of Representatives had never once allowed floor votes to be cast by proxy, rather than in person. Not even during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, despite three House members dying of the disease, nor shortly after the Pentagon was attacked on September 11.

Until May 27, when dozens of House members voted by proxy for the first time as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. Under newly-established temporary rules, members who don’t wish to risk potential infection by voting in person can grant permission for a like-minded colleague to officially cast a vote on their behalf.

House Republican leadership has filed a …

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Ted Budd

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 13th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 28, 2020
Length: 3 pages
May 28, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 28, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


12 Cosponsors (12 Republicans)



May 28, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 7044 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 7044. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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