‘That’s not how this works’: Lee Zeldin blasts ’embarrassing’ proxy voting after more than 70 Democrats fail to show in Congress

Republican New York Rep. Lee Zeldin admonished more than 70 Democrats who voted by proxy during Wednesday’s legislative session in Congress.

Speaking outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Zeldin criticized Democrats who elected not to be present because of the coronavirus pandemic and submitted their votes through Democratic House members assembled in the chamber.

“I have a lot of colleagues who will be giving their votes to other members to vote for them,” Zeldin said. “But I think one of the keys to leading is to actually show up.”

For the first time in U.S. history, representatives submitted votes without being present amid health concerns arising from the coronavirus pandemic. All Republican members of the House attended and submitted their votes individually. Zeldin said it was “embarrassing” that Democratic House members failed to show up and vote.

Zeldin pointed out that essential workers such as grocery store workers have continued working during the pandemic and that the same should be expected of our elected officials.

“Our grocery store workers, truckers, farmers, healthcare professionals, first responders, they’ve been showing up every single day throughout this entire pandemic,” Zeldin added. “It’s important for Congress to do the same. In order to lead, it’s important to show up. I’m not just going to give away your vote to other members to cast your vote, your voice, for you, for me, no, that’s not how this works. It’s important to show up in person, and that’s why I’m here.”

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Rep. Lee Zeldin makes Christmas visit to deployed troops in the Middle East

Rep. Lee Zeldin is spending Christmas week in the Middle East, visiting deployed U.S. troops in Kuwait and Bahrain, the congressman’s office announced in a press release today.

Zeldin is serving meals to the troops and delivering packages of Tate’s Cookies to deployed troops from the New York area, according to the press release.

He’s led a congressional delegation to the Middle East every Christmas since 2015, his first year representing New York’s First Congressional District. This year, the delegation is being co-led by Rep. David Cicilline (D—RI) and is joined by representatives Max Rose (D—NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R— PA), Susan Wild (D—PA), Dean Phillips (D—MN), Gil Cisneros (D— CA), and Aumua Amata Radewagen (R—AS).

“Spending Christmas away from their families isn’t easy, and for many of our servicemen and women this isn’t their first holiday season away from home,” Zeldin said in the press release.

“It is an honor to be able to personally thank them for their service, let them know how much they are appreciated and how many Americans are thinking of them, praying for them and immensely grateful for their service.”

Zeldin will also participate in several high-level diplomatic and military meetings, the release said, where he will engage in discussions of a wide range of topics including the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Iranian aggression and trade.

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