Rep. Caroline Maloney voted by proxy on the assault weapons ban

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) had an aide vote on her behalf when the House of Representatives passed legislation to revive a ban on semi-automatic guns—while she campaigned for re-election in her Manhattan district, The Post learned.

Maloney’s vote through a proxy on Friday raised eyebrows because two days ago, she held a public hearing as chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform about her sales to gun manufacturers and those used in recent mass shootings. The marketing of assault weapons was grilled.

However, Maloney used a congressional COVID rule to appoint another lawmaker to vote on his behalf, citing a “public health emergency”. 29th July letter to house clerk To justify him being unable to be physically present in Washington DC.

“I am unable to physically participate in proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency, and I hereby grant the right to cast my vote to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a woman in Congress, to serve as my proxy. has agreed to,” she wrote. memorandum.

While the vote was taking place in the House Chamber, a Maloney supporter was hosting a fundraiser for him in Manhattan and later posted photos of the congressman in attendance.

Rep. Maloney cited a “public health emergency” in a letter to the House clerk to explain why she was absent from voting.
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“It was such an honor to throw a successful fundraiser for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney! Vote for Congress @LGBTQNY4Carolyn @carolyn4nyc @RepMalony MALONEY!!! The primaries are on August 23rd and early voting begins on August 13th !” Todd “TJ” Stein said in a tweet,

Maloney is locked in a tough Democratic primary against fellow Representative Jerrold Nadler and challenger Suraj Patel.

The defeat of the Democrats pitted Maloney and Nadler against each other.

Judges rejected the maps drawn up by Democrats — who Republicans ridiculed as “Hochulmander” because Governor Kathy Hochulmander approved them — found them unconstitutional.

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Caroline Maloney sent a letter to the House clerk nominating Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to vote as her proxy.
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As a result, a court-ordered Special Master merged Maloney’s East Side Turf with Nadler’s West Side Base, creating a battle royale in the new 12th Congressional District.

Nadler, who personally voted on the assault weapons ban, declined to comment on his rival Maloney’s vote in absentia.

But Patel slammed Maloney for clearly misusing the House COVID emergency rule to vote by proxy during the election campaign.

“It’s a classic Carolyn Maloney story. To me, it’s an abuse of the COVID public health emergency exception to vote,” Patel said.

He said his trickery also shows that he is just “grand” on the issue of gun safety, adding, “If I were in Congress I would have 100 percent up for the vote.”

Rep. Caroline Maloney Participates In Civil Disobedience For Abortion Rights With Other Members Of Congress And Activists In Front Of The Supreme Court On July 19.
Rep. Caroline Maloney participates in civil disobedience for abortion rights with other members of Congress and activists in front of the Supreme Court on July 19.
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Maloney’s campaign defended its proxy vote on the Assault Weapons Ban measure.

“Caroline has been a pioneer in giving gun manufacturers an account of profits from bloodshed on city streets. Members of Congress are allowed to vote by proxy and so did many members,” said Bob Maloney, campaign spokesman. Liff said.
“Suraj Patel has no record of dealing with gun violence or anything else, and just shows up to run for office every two years.”

Both Maloney and Nadler have previously voted by proxy using the COVID emergency rule – Maloney 18 times and Nadler 20 times since 2020, records show.

Fellow New York Rep. Mondaire Jones was ridiculed when the Post exposed him for voting by proxy to participate in the French Riviera last summer, citing a “public health emergency.”

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