US lawmakers push for Congress to vote remotely

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Published: Mar. 27, 2020 at 4:52 AM EDT
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Vermont state lawmakers are taking steps to vote remotely, but two U.S. senators from our region want to know why they can't vote remotely, too.

Both Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, say they would like to vote remotely during the coronavirus crisis.

Congress on Thursday passed a bill that would allow representatives to vote from home. The Senate hasn't voted on it yet. Lawmakers in Washington still need to appear in person on Capitol Hill to cast their votes.

"So I hope that Congress can enter this century and allow for remote voting," Gillibrand said. "It makes perfect sense, especially during the national emergency, so that we can be constantly working on behalf of our constituents because there is going to be another bill. We do need to continue putting resources into our state, and so we need the ability to do that with only resources."

Leahy says he doesn't want to vote remotely during normal times, but this is not a normal situation.

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