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house Bill H. Res. 965

Temporarily Changing House Rules to Allow Remote Proxy Voting & Hold Remote Committee Hearings

Argument in favor

The House needs temporary flexibility from its current rules to allow members to vote & committees to conduct their business safely during the coronavirus pandemic. This resolution allows lawmakers to vote remotely by proxy, committees to hold remote hearings, and clears the way for a potential secure technological means for members to vote remotely.

burrkitty's Opinion
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05/15/2020
This should have already happened. Like a decade ago. There is no need to physically be in DC. It is only custom and habit. DC is a terrible echo chamber that isolates our federal officials from their primary responsibilities. Representing their states constituents. Get your butts back home.
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Leslie's Opinion
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05/15/2020
If gatherings larger than 10 people are currently not allowed in DC, and the nation’s business needs to be managed during this crisis there is no other option but remote, especially since many lawmakers are older and more than likely have underlying health conditions. It also has the benefit of keeping lawmakers in touch with constituents during rapidly changing state & local covid-19 conditions and regulations.
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Austin's Opinion
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05/15/2020
Best way to ensure safe yet continuous goverment
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Argument opposed

The House of Representatives has already changed its procedures in terms of voting and committee hearings to allow members to socially distance during the pandemic while still accomplishing their work. There’s no reason to allow proxy voting. Members of Congress shouldn’t consider themselves above showing up in person to do “essential” work.

ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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05/15/2020
Congress should vote in person and social distance just like the rest of us. Lead by example and let’s get back to work! Congress should investigate the falsification of documents fomented to get more money from the government. Doctors and medical staff are being told to call any death a covid death. Those who falsify documents should be prosecuted. If hospitals are forcing their staff to lie they should be severely punished. If this is coming from government officials they should be prosecuted.
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RAN's Opinion
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05/15/2020
Get your asses to work cowards! No remote voting no remote hearings!
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Caren's Opinion
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05/15/2020
NO TO MAIL IN VOTING WHERE VOTES CAN BE LOST, MANIPULATED, AND STOLEN. If we can stand in lines at Walmart, the grocery store, and at other places practicing social distancing then we can do so voting at the polls. It might be necessary for voting to start earlier. Anyone found tampering with votes should be severely punished, heavily fined, and spend a number of years in prison. Of course if the country separated we wouldn’t have this problem. IF WE ARE FORCED TO VOTE BY MAIL I WILL MAKE COPIES AND SEND ONE TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO BE VERIFIED IN AN ATTEMPT FOR MY VOTE TO NOT BE STOLEN. PHOTO IDS SHOULD BE MANDATORY!
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    This should have already happened. Like a decade ago. There is no need to physically be in DC. It is only custom and habit. DC is a terrible echo chamber that isolates our federal officials from their primary responsibilities. Representing their states constituents. Get your butts back home.
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    Congress should vote in person and social distance just like the rest of us. Lead by example and let’s get back to work! Congress should investigate the falsification of documents fomented to get more money from the government. Doctors and medical staff are being told to call any death a covid death. Those who falsify documents should be prosecuted. If hospitals are forcing their staff to lie they should be severely punished. If this is coming from government officials they should be prosecuted.
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    If gatherings larger than 10 people are currently not allowed in DC, and the nation’s business needs to be managed during this crisis there is no other option but remote, especially since many lawmakers are older and more than likely have underlying health conditions. It also has the benefit of keeping lawmakers in touch with constituents during rapidly changing state & local covid-19 conditions and regulations.
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    Just do it.
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    Best way to ensure safe yet continuous goverment
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    Get your asses to work cowards! No remote voting no remote hearings!
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    NO TO MAIL IN VOTING WHERE VOTES CAN BE LOST, MANIPULATED, AND STOLEN. If we can stand in lines at Walmart, the grocery store, and at other places practicing social distancing then we can do so voting at the polls. It might be necessary for voting to start earlier. Anyone found tampering with votes should be severely punished, heavily fined, and spend a number of years in prison. Of course if the country separated we wouldn’t have this problem. IF WE ARE FORCED TO VOTE BY MAIL I WILL MAKE COPIES AND SEND ONE TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO BE VERIFIED IN AN ATTEMPT FOR MY VOTE TO NOT BE STOLEN. PHOTO IDS SHOULD BE MANDATORY!
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    Be safe and lead by example.
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    Allow remote voting! Democracy matters!
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    I said something similar before but this is the 21st century and we have the resources to do this safely and effectively. I heard some republican representatives arguing that the American people deserve more than proxies when it comes to matters of legislation, which made me laugh because representatives are literally proxies for the American people. This doesn’t change the fact that we are sending people to represent us for these discussions, it just allows those discussions to take place on a different platform that makes more sense during a global pandemic.
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    This is a great way to continue to work for the country and not put any of the members at risk. Course all the work the House has done is not being looked at or voted on at all in the senate because Moscow Mitch is still stuffing the courts with unqualified ignorant judges rather than doing his real job.
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    The House and the Senate should change permanently to the realities of the twenty-first century. I remember when John McCain traveled all the way from Arizona to Washington to cast his thumbs-down deciding vote. He should've been allowed to do that remotely.
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    Yes, this needs to happen. Should have happened years ago. We are no longer in the 18th century although some legislators wish we were.
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    “Essential Americans are working are you telling us you are not essential?Get to work for America!!!Open up America!!!
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    Yes, this ruling to work remotely should have been one of the very first things Congress did to address the pandemic! It’s May 15! Chop chop!
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    Our elected officials need to be at there jobs in Washington just like all essential workers. While we are at it, why not make "them" have the same Social Security pension and Medicare just like the rest of us. Working from home should not be an option for elected officials to be further alienated from their constituents. I have been to D.C. 10 times for 10-day visits. I love to attend political meetings. I don't know if the public can do that anymore. I would gladly attend this year's legislative sessions and watch the SCOTUS.
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    I don’t know how anybody else feels but if I was any more sick of Lindsey Graham and I am I’ll be on my hands and knees vomiting. I don’t know what happened to that guy but he’s become a real psychopath.
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    Get back to work we hired you to do a job now do it.
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    Yes. This is the responsible thing to do.
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    Unfortunately, John (to answer your question.....What happened to Lindsey Graham?)....I think he was always this way and we just didn't see it.....He's a "bitch" who aligns himself with the person he perceives to be the strongest.....It used to be a GOOD man, Sen. John McCain. Now, since Graham has NO moral compass it's Trump. I really think it is that simple.
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