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Ranking Member Cole Statement on Proxy Voting and Remote Proceedings Proposal

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, released the following statement in response to a proposal unveiled today by House Democrats to allow for vote by proxy and remote committee proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
“While we are living in uncertain times, this is not the first time in history that Congress has navigated extraordinary circumstances and also preserved longstanding traditions of the institution. Indeed, for more than 230 years and even in such crises as the Civil War and the 1918 influenza pandemic, the U.S. House of Representatives has managed to function and never once turned to proxy or remote voting to do so.
 
“To be sure, there are appropriate precautions and adaptations we can and should follow. But I believe we already have existing tools to continue the people’s work without introducing brand-new, constitutionally untested processes that risk erosion of our normal practice. For even a temporary measure to deal with a crisis today becomes the precedent we follow tomorrow.”
 
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Created: April 22, 2020