Leader McCarthy Releases Plan to Allow the House to Return to Work

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Posted: May 04, 2020 10:35 AM
Leader McCarthy Releases Plan to Allow the House to Return to Work

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

While Speaker Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues insist that the House will not return to work this week, GOP leader Kevin McCarthy outlined a plan to get the lower chamber back in session safely. Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) joined the top Republican in co-authoring the detailed plan.

“In the interim, a bipartisan taskforce has been convened — on which we are all serving — to further explore ways in which Congress can operate during this challenging time. While differences remain, it has become clear through our initial meetings that all members of our taskforce share several fundamental beliefs….As we enter this indeterminate period between outright mitigation and a return to normalcy, everyone recognizes that our typical ways of doing business will need to adjust. Simply put, Congress will look and feel different...However, we believe there is a pathway forward that enables the House to fully perform its key functions without compromising our shared values or sacrificing bedrock norms,” the GOP congressmen wrote.

The plan includes modifying the House's current procedural practices, a phased return of committees, a responsible use of technology and an implementation of mitigation practices to lower COVID-19 risks for House members.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) concluded last week that it was not safe for the House to return to session:

While Speaker Pelosi delays the House's return, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) resumes the Senate's work on Monday.

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