A number of of former President Donald Trump’s closest Republican allies within the Home have skipped votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they will’t attend “as a result of ongoing public well being emergency.”
However these members are literally anticipated to be in Orlando and listed as audio system on the Conservative Political Motion Convention, an annual assembly aimed toward energizing conservative activists.
The members embody Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who addressed the convention on Friday — in addition to a few of Trump’s staunchest defenders who’re listed as audio system, like Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Jim Banks of Indiana, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Ted Budd of North Carolina. CNN has reached out to these places of work for remark.
To vote by proxy, a course of that Republicans initially fought in court docket, lawmakers should signal a letter with the Home clerk and permit one other member to vote at their path and on their behalf. The letters, that are filed with the Home clerk’s workplace, say: “I’m unable to bodily attend proceedings within the Home Chamber as a result of ongoing public well being emergency.”