(D – Iowa) Rep. Cindy Axne claimed she missed an emergency August House vote was due to COVID-19, however, posts shared on Instagram tell a different story. The Democratic Rep. used COVID-19 as an excuse to take a vacation in France. The Rep. is currently attempting to retain her seat in the house, and this news may assist (R – Iowa) Sen. Zach Nunn in taking her seat.
Rep. Cindy Axne has already gone on the offensive, claiming that Zach Nunn will put “big donors ahead of Iowa families” in a political ad.
According to FOXNews.com:
At the time of the vote, which took place on Aug. 12, Axne, who currently represents Iowa’s Third Congressional District, was allegedly in France, according to an image shared to Instagram by her son. The photo was apparently removed from Instagram after Fox News Digital inquired about the trip.
In an August 12 letter to Cheryl Johnson, the clerk for the House of Representatives, Axne said she was “unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency” and granted the authority to cast her vote by proxy to Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va.
Proxy voting was instituted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the resolution establishing the process, to avoid interpersonal contact among members. To vote by proxy, a House member must submit a letter that states they are “unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency” and designate someone to vote for them.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., extended proxy voting until to Sept. 26, but it is unclear if she will continue allowing the practice after that date.
Axne — despite her inability to physically appear in the House chamber for a vote on the measure — has repeatedly defended the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes an expansion of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Democrats have frequently used COVID-19 for political excuses, including attempting to make voting by mail a standard practice moving forward, and the new college loans relief, which lists COVID-19 as the main reason why the relief is necessary.
A selfish reason, such as lying about concerns about COVID-19 so her family can take a vacation to France, is enough to raise concerns about how Democrats actually view COVID-19. Are they actually concerned about COVID-19, or do they just enjoy aspects of the pandemic that they aren’t willing to give up yet?