Hurd Votes Against Rule Change on Congressional Participation

May 15, 2020
Press Release
‘This rule change will make politics even more partisan by removing the need for legislators to be together negotiating, writing and amending legislation. . . . If Americans can return to work at grocery stores, restaurants and fire stations, then members of Congress can return to Washington to vote on behalf of our constituencies in a safe and public-health-conscious way.’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) today voted against a partisan measure in the House of Representatives that allows one congressman to vote on behalf of ten colleagues.

“All levels of government, including Congress must be able to operate under any circumstance including a global pandemic. Congress should be adopting digital tools to provide better services to our constituents and make our work more efficient. However, this rule change will make politics even more partisan by removing the need for legislators to be together negotiating, writing and amending legislation.

“In the age of social media, in which interactions between individuals tend to be more terse and unkind than in person, it’s fair to assume politics will follow suit. It’s likely our interactions with other members will become more partisan because we are no longer in the same physical vicinity and normative social cues are more easily ignored.

“Besides a dangerous precedent, Congress should follow the lead of so many American workers who have been showing up to their posts every day ensuring our shelves are stocked, our communities are safe and our needs are met. If Americans can return to work at grocery stores, restaurants and fire stations, then members of Congress can return to Washington to vote on behalf of our constituencies in a safe and public-health-conscious way.”