Should Members of Congress be allowed to use video conferencing and to establish a remote voting system to pass legislation?
• “[Remote voting] diminishes the power of the institution… We could be up and operating within normal parameters… Instead, we're dreaming up ways to keep us out of Washington longer.” Source: Rep. Tom Cole (Republican, Oklahoma, District 4)
• “The ongoing coronavirus outbreak underscores the need for Congress to embrace what the 21st Century has to offer.” Source: Rep. Rick Crawford (Republican, Arkansas, District 1)
• “The choice is remote Congress or no Congress… and if you have no Congress, you have what our founders feared most, which is an executive branch with no legislative check.” Source: Daniel Schuman (Policy Director of Demand Progress)
• “[Proxy voting] would enable members to vote remotely in a secure way, without using the kind of technology that is susceptible to hacking or interference by foreign bad actors. And because it doesn’t rely on some new technology being stood up and vigorously tested, it could give members a say on important legislation.” Source: Jim McGovern (Democrat, Massachusetts, District 3)
Awaiting Vote .
This bill would allow members of the House of Representatives both to participate in committee hearings with secure video conferencing and other online tools and to establish a voting system in which members can cast votes remotely. Sponsor: Rep. Eric Swalwell (Democrat, California, District 15)
- Swalwell, Crawford Reintroduce the MOBILE Resolution (Press Release)
- Modernizing Congress is a National Security Imperative (The Hill)
- Senior Democrat Backs House Rules Change to Allow for Proxy Voting (Politico)
- Analysis, the Cybersecurity 202: Congress Wary of Remote Voting, Meeting Options During Coronavirus Pandemic (Washington Post)
- Can Congress Vote Remotely? Well… Maybe (FiveThirtyEight)