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Bridget Johnson


March 26, 2013 - 6:23 am

A New Mexico congressman has an idea to make the legislative branch operate more efficiently: keep them out of town.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) introduced legislation to allow Congress to conduct business in a virtual setting.

H.Res. 137 is a bill “recognizing the security challenges of convening government officials in one specific place and directing the House of Representatives to take appropriate steps so that the House of Representatives can meet in a virtual setting.”

“Thanks to modern technology, members of Congress can debate, vote, and carry out their constitutional duties without having to leave the accountability and personal contact of their congressional districts,” said Pearce. “Keeping legislators closer to the people we represent would pull back Washington’s curtain and allow constituents to see and feel, first-hand, their government at work. Corporations and government agencies use remote work technology; it’s time that Congress does the same. This is the type of representation that people deserve.”

His bill cites post-9/11 security concerns about an attack on the Capitol along with travel and operating costs as reasons why the Committee on House Administration should develop rules for virtual voting and debate.

“This legislation is a longstanding priority,” Pearce continued. “Elected officials should be in their districts, where they are easily accessible to constituents. Congress’ top priority should be constituents in our home states and districts, not the lobbyists and bureaucrats in Washington.”

The resolution says “electronic voting, video conferencing, secure telephones and internet connections, and biometric cyber security” can be employed to make Congress virtual.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Screw the virtual stuff.

Go back to the way it was pre-WW2. Congress was in session for a limited time twice a year and they went back home to their districts. The main problem we have with Congress is they are always there. They pass stupid laws because they have too much time on their hands.
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I was going to say the same thing. The big problem is that they are in session too much and fill that time with all kinds of mischief against we the people. Congress should be limited to not more than 6 months per year in session and one bill per senator, two per rep, no riders, and an omnibus pork bill. That would be nearly 1,000 bills per session which is more than enough.
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