Trump says he's 'totally in favor' of Congress voting remotely on 'temporary basis'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week he would not allow remote voting while House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is considering changes to voting procedures
March 23, 2020 - 12:43pm
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President Donald Trump says he's "totally in favor" of Congress voting remotely on a temporary basis during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I fully understand why you should be there," he said late Sunday, after five GOP senators missed a key vote because of the virus. "I think it may be a Constitutional reason why you should but we could be in a position where I would certainly be in favor of it where they vote from a certain outside location. I would be in favor of it. ... I would be totally in favor of it on a temporary basis.”
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced on Sunday that he tested positive for coronavirus. Utah Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee later announced that they would self-quarantine. Sens. Rick Scott (Florida) and Cory Gardner (Colorado) are also self-quarantined, for fear of being infected.
Trump spoke during the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing. He also said he would support allowing the lawmakers who self-quarantined voting on the phase-three relief package from a "separate location" such as a "hospital or a home, depending on where they are."
"We are looking at that very strongly," he said.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said last week that he expects the House to "adjust" its "voting procedures" to comply with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus recommendations.
However, there seems to be no movement toward that, as the chamber is set to vote early this week on coronavirus spending
Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have introduced a resolution that would allow remote voting during a national emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated last Wednesday that remote voting was off of the table and hasn't said if he is reconsidering his position.
“We’ll not be doing that," the Kentucky Republican said. "There are a number of different ways to avoid getting too many people together."
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