Speaker Pulls Plug on House Remote Voting

Rules Committee had submitted nine-page plan.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has told majority leaders to back off plans to consider unprecedented rule changes to allow members to vote and hold hearings remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The House Rules Committee released a nine-page resolution with plans to send the measure to the House floor for approval Thursday. The House is scheduled to meet Thursday to consider the nearly $500 billion coronavirus response relief bill that was passed Tuesday by the Senate.

Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts said proxy voting and remote hearings could address potential lockdown concerns later this year as a result of a second surge in coronavirus cases. “We cannot risk Congress grinding to a halt because of this virus. We need to act,” he said in a statement.

The Speaker, after a call with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said, “The House will no longer consider remote voting by proxy this week.”

A bipartisan group has been assembled to move forward as a task force to consider voting options.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the House of Representatives traveling back to Washington for a vote on Thursday on the additional coronavirus relief for small businesses.
  • For the bipartisan task force who will be considering options for House members to hold hearings and have votes when forced to be away from their chamber.
  • About Constitutional issues that may require only in-person voting.

Sources: NPR, The Hill


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