Luna, Jacobs introduce resolution to let new moms in Congress vote remotely
It’s easy to find Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna on Capitol Hill, whether it be at committee hearings, speaking with the press, or pushing the government to release secrets about aliens.
She is frequently in the spotlight.
Not far behind, is her husband pushing their 4.5-month-old son in a stroller. They stand in the hallway or in a corner, waiting for mom.
But even as a team effort, being a mother and an elected representative isn’t easy, especially when you have to commute back and forth from Florida.
So Luna and a bipartisan group of colleagues introduced a resolution to change House rules and allow members who give birth to vote by proxy for six weeks, which they say is enough time to heal from labor.
[Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla.]
“This place is completely out of touch with average day Americans. And in passing this legislation, it is the first step forward in the right direction to, I think, not just give mothers a seat at the table, but also to encourage people to have families.”
Why do they believe this bill is important? Well, they put it bluntly – Congress is an institution mainly made up of old white men.
They say this will help make Congress younger and more diverse.
[Rep. Jill Tokuda, D-Hawaii]
“We need more moms in Congress. And if we continue to put up these arbitrary, harmful barriers that allow women of childbearing age to actually even consider this momentous step to consider this responsibility, then we’re only hurting ourselves as Americans.”
Proxy voting was allowed and common during the Covid pandemic.
Representatives who couldn’t vote in person were allowed to have another member in the chamber vote on their behalf.
Republicans said it was antithetical to the definition of congres s: the act or action of coming together and meeting.
They also felt it was being taken advantage of by members on both sides of the aisle. But some opponents are willing to make an exception for new moms.
[Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn.]
“I’m not in favor of proxy voting in general. I opposed it, I never did it. Friends called me to ask me to proxy vote for them and I wouldn’t do it. Mainly because I think members abused the practice during COVID. They used to go to fundraisers, go on vacation. I mean just fake things. But you can’t fake a pregnancy.”
Luna says members of both sides have been hesitant to support the resolution, which goes against what both parties stand for.
“My Party, republican party, we champion pro-life and pro-family values, but there’s some hesitancy I think on supporting it. And then On the other side you have a prowomen platform and there seems to be some hesitance there.”
These moms, future moms, and mommas boys are eager to get this approved.
They say if it doesn’t happen this year, they won’t drop it until it’s officially a new rule of the House. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.