For the first time in history, members of the U.S. House of Representatives were allowed to vote remotely on bills and other documents. Nancy Pelosi said the new rules are being introduced temporarily for 45 days due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to remote voting, congressmen will now be able to participate in virtual committee hearings via videoconference.
Due to extensive quarantine measures and social distance requirements, many legislators – who are old enough for age, who are healthy enough – are now unable to physically attend the U.S. Congress building in Washington. But their activities will not fully go into virtual space. Some legislators will physically attend meetings and vote for both themselves and the guy: absent colleagues will tell them how they want to cast their vote – for, against, or abstained. One present legislator may represent up to 10 “remote” colleagues.