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Congressman Biggs' Statement on Passage of Speaker Pelosi's Remote Voting Scheme

May 15, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed H.Res.965 to authorize remote voting in the House and to provide for official remote committee proceedings. Congressman Biggs voted NO and issued the following statement:

“The American people expect their elected representatives to be in Washington, D.C. to do the people’s business. We expect our first responders, our medical personnel, our truck drivers, our grocery store employees to all show up for their jobs in our communities. Why do Democrats think that we are more entitled to remain in the comforts of our homes to discharge our constitutional responsibilities?

“This legislation eviscerates accountability and transparency for Members of Congress. It gives Speaker Pelosi more control over committee hearings and what comes to the virtual ‘floor.’ Our vote today is a mockery and a disgrace for this Congress. America has faced more severe challenges and crises in our past, and Congress has rarely suspended our constitutional obligation and tradition to work from our nation’s capital. I will continue to work in D.C. as my constituents expect me to, and I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same. Let’s show the American people that Congress is essential and ready to do the people’s business.”

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.