(NewsReady) – The CDC is asking Americans to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following a number of guidelines. For example, the agency suggests people work remotely if possible, wash their hands and social distance. Even with these practices in place, there are multiple confirmed infections in Congress. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to protect our government.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are essential. Without a functioning Congress, citizens and businesses would not receive the help they desperately need in this crisis. Senators and representatives aren’t immune from the coronavirus, though.
That’s why Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) is leading the charge for Congress to work and vote remotely.
When it comes to social distancing and public health best practices, Congress should be an example, not an exception.
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) March 18, 2020
Dozens of lawmakers have signed the letter. Initially, only Democrats supported the movement but now Republicans are getting on board too. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) tweeted his support on Monday.
I’m ready to support remote voting.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
It is time to bring the Senate into the 21st century. https://t.co/OKbS38UJhq
— Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) March 23, 2020
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) supports remote voting as well. And on Sunday, during his daily coronavirus briefing, President Donald Trump agreed.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and multiple House members are sick with the coronavirus. Remote voting, if set up correctly, could keep US lawmakers safe to do their jobs and deliver the aid Americans desperately need.
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