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    • "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.


    • “We are the captains of the ship. We are last to leave.”

      Hmm...yet they have left, haven't they? I don't understand why both the Senate and the House seem to be so inflexible about remote voting. It just seems stupid under the circumstances--none of the real work takes place on the floor of either body.

    • I'm not sure about the house but with the senate there's nothing constitutionally requiring them to be there so it would just be a simple rule change vote. But the senate is all about tradition so I don't see them doing this unless they have to (which might be the case if we need to pass anything else soon).

    • In fairness, the position of Chief Mouser is an appointed position and not subject to the challenges and constraints that elected officials have to deal with.

      The Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office is the title of the official resident cat of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at 10 Downing Street. There has been a resident cat in the English government employed as a mouser and pet since the 1500s, although modern records date only to the 1920s. (Wikipedia)

      In addition, the nature of the Chief Mouser’s duties under remote work are indistinguishable from the duties under normal conditions since every day is “shelter in place” for the official resident cat of 10 Downing Street.

      Quite an interesting share, Drac, as I was unfamiliar with this Cabinet Office position. However, I don’t believe in this case that it is directly pertinent to whether Congress should conduct business remotely during the Pandemic.