Rep. Ken Calvert (R‑CA) “forgot” to cast a proxy vote on behalf of Rep. John Carter (R‑TX), which ultimately would have killed the $1.9 trillion Capitol security funding bill that passed by one vote on Thursday, according to a report.
Carter submitted a letter to the clerk of the House of Representatives dated May 14 giving Calvert authority to cast his vote by proxy “due to the ongoing public health emergency.” The final vote for the bill was 213 to 212.
A no vote from Carter would have tied the vote. A tied vote would have sunk the bill in the House since it would have blocked it from passing. The House cannot break a tying vote like the Senate, where the vice president can vote when the votes are tied.