House approves historic rules change to allow lawmakers to vote remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The chamber will operate remotely for the first time in 230 years.
  • The plan will allow for absent members to cast votes by proxy on the House floor and for committees to allow members and witnesses to join from home.
  • Other countries such as Canada, Brazil, and the European Union have enacted similar procedures.
  • The British House of Commons broke 700 years of history last month by convening parliament with Zoom.
  • Republicans protested the rules change as a partisan power grab that will upend institutional tradition.
  • The vote passed 217-189.