As Americans shifted from work office to home office during the coronavirus pandemic, the big question across the country is why can’t Congress, too? Tradition and protocol aside, one test run on Capitol Hill last week showed why remote work for the nation’s lawmakers may be harder than it seems.House Democrats plan to begin holding online, unofficial committee proceedings this week with the Judiciary Committee holding a subcommittee virtual roundtable on Wednesday about immigration officials’ coronavirus response and conditions in migrant detention facilities.This is much to Republicans’ chagrin. Aside from concerns about chamber rules and precedent, some Republicans fear their counterparts across the aisle could use the virtual process to unfairly wield their majority power and drown out GOP lawmakers.For now, that fear is overshadowed by a larger problem.Roughly two dozen Democratic and Republican congressional staffers ran a trial session on Friday to test the video technology for lawmakers, a process that did not go well—one GOP source familiar with the practice run called it “clusterf***.”The technical glitches that riddled the virtual conference meeting were so bad that it called into question whether the bipartisan roundtable could occur, according to two other Republican sources who were on the call but… Read full this story
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