"If we don't start to get people back to work in this country over the next week to two weeks, I don't believe we can wait until the end of April," Nunes said. "I just don't know of any economy that's survived where you've unplugged the entire economy and expect things to go back and be normal." - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on March 31st.
The challenge for Rep. Nunes is that not all work can be done remotely, including Congress.
“The House rules and the Senate rules require voting in person. And it would require a change in those rules to do that,” California Congressman Eric Swalwell told TechCrunch on a call from his Washington, D.C., office.
Swalwell has a plan for Congress to work away from the Hill. He recently reintroduced a resolution with Arkansas Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) that would allow members to participate virtually in hearings and vote remotely, under special circumstances.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have nixed that option, at least for the near-term, reportedly telling her caucus last week, “We are the captains of the ship. We are last to leave.” (Tech Crunch)
Wondering if they’ll feel differently in two weeks.