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House considers voting by proxy amid virus outbreak

The House of Representatives is considering voting by proxy. The House of Representatives is considering voting by proxy. |  Photo: WDIO

CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and MARY CLARE JALONICK
Created: March 23, 2020 09:41 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is considering whether to allow lawmakers to designate a colleague to vote for them if they can't return to Washington amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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The chairman of the House Rules Committee has proposed voting by proxy for lawmakers who are unable to cast in-person votes.

House Rules Committee staff began exploring options for voting after two House members tested positive for the virus. 

The proposal comes as members of the House are away from Washington, awaiting an agreement in the Senate on a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package that could come up for a vote this week.

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CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and MARY CLARE JALONICK

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