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Republicans are fixing Washington

While it’s only been a few short weeks, the Republican Majority has already begun to make positive change in Washington. One of the first things Republicans did was re-open the people’s house to the people. It is great to see tour groups, students, and families returning to the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

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Speaker McCarthy also made a significant change by ending what was known as proxy voting. Proxy voting was originally authorized by Nancy Pelosi during the pandemic to allow Members of Congress to vote while not being physically present. Sadly, this process was abused by Members of Congress who simply didn’t want to show up to work. I did NOT cast a single floor vote via proxy. I showed up in person whether there was a snowstorm, or the sun was shining.

I am glad proxy voting has been abolished. Not only does proxy voting raise serious constitutional questions, but it was also a major impediment to the in-person debate process the Founding Fathers designed for Congress.

Another way Republicans have improved operations in Congress is by requiring legislative text to be available for 72 hours prior to a vote. This will provide Americans, including Members of Congress, with more time to examine legislation being voted on.

Lastly, Republicans are working to make sure legislation coming to the House floor addresses a single subject. Amendments to legislation must also be germane to the topic of the underlying bill. This will crack down on the number of massive bills and reduce the amount of unrelated items being snuck into legislation.

While I hope these updates are informative, my top priority is serving Southwest Michigan. If you need assistance with a federal agency, my staff and I are here to help. Please visit Huizenga.House.Gov or call my office in Holland at (616) 251-6741 or Washington at (202) 225-4401 so we can assist you.

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