Fla Dems use ‘health emergency’ to skip work and vote by proxy, then spotted at SpaceX rocket launch

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Democrats are quickly proving that Republicans were right all along in sounding the alarm over their outrageous rule change allowing proxy voting.

No sooner had the House of Representatives passed the historic measure, along party lines of course, than the true nature of the Democrat scheme became apparent. Two Florida congressmen assigned colleagues to vote in their place on Wednesday, citing the “the ongoing health emergency” for their inability to personally be in the chamber.

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But the coronavirus pandemic that supposedly affected their ability to report to work did not prevent the lawmakers from other pursuits.

Rep. Darren Soto informed the House clerk that he was authorizing Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, another Florida Democrat, to vote on his behalf, claiming he was “unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing health emergency.”

But, as it turned out, Soto was actually at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday in anticipation of the SpaceX launch, as GOP Communications Director Mark Bednar pointed out on Twitter, sharing Soto’s own post.

The congressman even tweeted again to note that the mission was scrubbed but he would “try again Saturday.”

“Safety first!” Soto tweeted, prompting some angry Twitter responses.

Meanwhile, Florida Congressman Charlie Crist, a Democrat who was once a Republican and the governor of the Sunshine State, seemed to be experiencing the same “health emergency” as Soto.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy revealed that Crist informed the Clerk of the House that he was “unavailable” to be present in Congress where a vote on the FISA renewal was scheduled because of “the ongoing health emergency.” Crist was, like Soto, on-site in Central Florida’s Merritt Island.

Adding to Crist’s stunning lack of self-awareness, he celebrated his absence from Congress in a tweet declaring he was “looking forward” to the launch.

Crist was also deservedly slammed on Twitter.

The blatant power grab by Democrats as they pushed the proxy voting measure through, breaking a more-than 230-year tradition in the House, was being slammed by Republicans for expected abuses.

In a statement earlier this month, McCarthy and Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Rodney Davis of Illinois called the proposal the “biggest power grab in the history of Congress.” Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana declared it was unconstitutional.

Republicans attempted to block the unprecedented rule change by filing a lawsuit this week, setting off House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who ironically condemned them for their “dangerous obstruction.”

“House Republicans’ sad stunt shows that their only focus is to delay and obstruct urgently-needed action to meet the needs of American workers and families during the coronavirus crisis,” Pelosi said in a statement released Tuesday.

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