Congress, the House of Representatives, makes history as it explores virtual voting and approves proxy in 217-189 vote. The package is aimed at enabling the Congress to work remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic across the globe. Even so, there are members who are still concerned that working remotely could erode the institution. The COVID 19 pandemic has prompted the House to enable lawmakers to use proxy, in virtual voting at the United States Capitol.
The quite significant yet temporary move approved the historical package as the congress made history in its changes to the chamber rules. The move also allows congress to continue with its normal businesses throughout the pandemic that has made travel and social gatherings a threat to public health.
On Friday, the House Voted 217-189. “Convening Congress must not turn into a super spreader event,” said House Rules chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass. Under the new rules, lawmakers must be able to join millions of people or Americans who are comfortably working from home and cannot make it to the Capitol Hill to participate in the House Business.
Recently, there has been a fiery debate from the republicans who want to follow the president’s guidelines and GOP led senate to resume work or regular house business. Democrats on the hand want the state to rely on technology short term to provide a safe way to run the house’s business as the pandemic drags on. The republicans still object arguing that the republicans will engage in power grab during the crisis.
With the debate, proxy voting and remote house business could only be allowed for 45 days. The period could also be renewed based on how relevant authorities will evaluate the situation as proxy voting is expected to end at the close of 116th Congress.
“We’re doing appropriate committee hearings online. It’s not the best, but it’s pretty good,” said the Ohio Democrat who told CQ Roll Call that he’s pretty good at Zoom, one of the best video conferencing platform.