Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce announced that he has introduced legislation to increase accountability and bring Washington home to all constituents by allowing Congress to conduct business in a virtual setting.
"Thanks to modern technology, Members of Congress can debate, vote, and carry out their constitutional duties without having to leave the accountability and personal contact of their congressional districts," said Pearce. "Keeping legislators closer to the people we represent would pull back Washington's curtain and allow constituents to see and feel, first-hand, their government at work. Corporations and government agencies use remote work technology; it's time that Congress does the same. This is the type of representation that people deserve.
"This legislation is a longstanding priority," Pearce continued. "Elected officials should be in their districts, where they are easily accessible to constituents. Congress' top priority should be constituents in our home states and districts, not the lobbyists and bureaucrats in Washington."
The legislation, H.Res. 137, takes advantage of technological advances in order to bring Representatives back to their districts. Rep. Pearce first proposed this legislation in 2011, after promising New Mexicans that he would make it a priority if elected to Congress. Through this and other means, Rep. Pearce will continue to pursue a more accountable and more accessible Congress.