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House to Consider Letting Members Vote by Proxy During Pandemic

  • Rules chairman’s plan addresses members’ coronavirus concerns
  • With Pelosi’s blessing, McGovern offers a temporary solution
The U.S. Capitol stands in Washington, D.C. on April 1.

The U.S. Capitol stands in Washington, D.C. on April 1.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The House will consider letting many members avoid traveling to Washington during the coronavirus pandemic by arranging for other members to vote for them by proxy.

Rules Chairman Jim McGovern proposed this low-tech approach to deal with worries about health and travel raised by dozens of lawmakers during a private conference call among House Democrats Thursday.