McConnell Slams Move For Remote Voting By House

The Washington Post reports:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday defended Democratic efforts to change the chamber’s rules to allow remote voting during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the move is “not in opposition to the traditions of the House.”

The House will vote Friday on the proposed rule changes, which were drafted after bipartisan negotiations. The proposal would allow lawmakers to cast their votes from afar if they cannot be present in the Capitol for “reasons beyond our control” related to the virus. Those lawmakers would designate their proxy to another lawmaker who is present.

Earlier Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sharply criticized the move, arguing that Democrats “have checked out of this crisis and left governing up to the Senate.”