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May 2020 Washington Letter


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Federal Government

Historic Rule Change in the House

In a historic rule change on May 15, 2020, Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) of the House Rules Committee introduced H. Res. 965 to authorize remote voting by proxy in the House of Representatives and remote committee proceedings during the COVID-19 public health emergency for a 45-day period. This 45-day period may be extended for an additional 45 days or terminated earlier, depending on the status of the emergency. Proxy voting had been allowed in House committees previously, but never on the House floor in its 231-year history.


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