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Opinion: What Congress must do to protect itself

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Members of the U.S. Senate escort the Electoral College ballots through Statuary Hall on their way to the House Chamber in the U.S. Captiol January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. Congress met in a joint session to tally the Electoral College votes and certify Barack Obama to be the winner of the 2008 presidential election.

Taylor J. Swift, David B. Cohen and Robert Alexander write that Covid-19 demonstrated the necessity to consider alternate ways for Congress to conduct its business, and the attack on the Capitol made clear how important it is that plans for a virtual Congress be implemented as soon as possible.

(CNN)Just as Covid-19 began wreaking havoc on the United States' public health, economy and election administration, we made the case that Congress should adopt procedures to carry on the business of the country through remote means if necessary.

But the siege by a pro-Trump mob on January 6 was unprecedented, preventing members of Congress from completing their constitutional duties and forcing lawmakers to flee for their safety while rioters roamed throughout the Capitol building.

Simply put, there are no formal laws or procedures in place for Congress to hold remote deliberations or otherwise conduct its business if it becomes impossible for members to gather face-to-face in the Capitol or at another location.

A fully remote voting system would ensure the safety and security of lawmakers, staffers, and Capitol Hill workers in the event of a national security or public health threat.

Covid-19 demonstrated the necessity to consider alternate ways for Congress to conduct its business, and the attack on the Capitol made clear how important it is that plans for a virtual Congress be implemented as soon as possible.

Should the Capitol be the target of another terrorist attack -- foreign or domestic -- ensuring that Congress can continue to convene is a national security imperative.

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