GOP lawmakers vote remotely more often after initial scorn

  • Democrats in the House of Representatives are voting remotely through a proxy system more than their GOP counterparts. (AP Graphic)

  • FILE - U.S. House of Representatives candidate Kai Kahele monitors election results at his Hilo, Hawaii, headquarters, Nov. 3, 2020. Kahele has used proxy votes on 120 of this year's 125 House roll calls. He's used the procedure frequently even as his congressional website says he is “an active commercial airline pilot with Hawaiian Airlines,” flying domestic and international trips on Airbus A330 widebody aircraft. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald via AP, File)

  • FILE - The chamber of the House of Representatives is seen at the Capitol in Washington, Feb. 28, 2022. Just seven Republicans, along with most Democrats, used remote voting in the House when it began two years ago as the pandemic erupted. So far this year, over half of GOP lawmakers have used the proxy voting system at least once, along with nearly all Democrats. More than 50 of the Republicans who’ve used it this year also once signed onto a lawsuit seeking to declare the practice unconstitutional. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON — More than 50 Republicans who once joined a lawsuit claiming the House’s pandemic-era proxy voting was unconstitutional have themselves voted by proxy this year, remotely without showing up.