Millions of Americans get to work from home and make big decisions from the comfort of their sofas, so why shouldn’t members of Congress?
Several House members on Thursday introduced a bipartisan resolution to modernize how Congress operates, including the right to vote remotely or take part in hearings online.
“Across the nation we see the development of new, innovative ways of conducting business to improve communication and connectedness,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat in California. “It’s time for Congress to learn to be more mobile and adapt to the times in which we live.”
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Supporters say the adoption of new technologies would give lawmakers more time to spend in their districts with the people they represent while carrying on their other duties.
“We now have the tools to debate, vote, and carry out our congressional duties without having to leave our respective districts,” said Steve Pearce, a New Mexico Republican.
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Congressional rules have long required members to be present to meet a quorum or cast a vote.
In an institution that is slow to change, it’s hard to see Congress adopting all of the proposals. Yet a move to make the Internet a bigger part of how lawmakers perform their duties has been building for some time.