Rob Portman: Time To Pass Bipartisan Remote Voting Plan

Rob Portman: Time To Pass Bipartisan Remote Voting Plan

Sens. Rob Portman and Dick Durbin are co-sponsoring a bill to allow the Senate to vote remotely, in case more members of Congress are forced to self-quarantine over the coronavirus.

SEN. ROB PORTMAN: My question is a comment, to thank you for your support of this on the other side of the aisle. This is a bipartisan effort to ensure that we can be able to do our duty, as the legislative branch, Article I, we have responsibilities here. This is our duty station. And yet, if we cannot be here, we still need to be able to do it remotely. And with the technology we now have, we have the ability to do that, as my colleague from Illinois has said, in a safe and secure way. So I thank him for his advocacy of this. And my hope is that we can have this as a possibility should we not be able to gather. I think what’s happened in the last several hours as we’ve learned about our colleagues who are self-quarantining, one who tested positive, as I understand it, it’s very important that we have that ability. So I thank my colleague.


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