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GOP lawmaker seeks 'virtual Congress' with telecommuting plan (finally took my idea)
The Hill ^ | 03/22/13 06:22 PM ET | Jennifer Martinez

Posted on 03/22/2013 8:34:06 PM PDT by Texas Fossil

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) wants to create a "virtual Congress," where lawmakers would leverage videoconferencing and other remote work technology to conduct their daily duties in Washington from their home districts.

Under a resolution Pearce introduced on Thursday, lawmakers would be able to hold hearings, debate and vote on legislation virtually from their district offices.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congress; legislation; telecommute; virtual
Yep, it is time to DownSize DC. Time to move the center-of-gravity of government away from DC and back to the states.

And this is a great place to start trimming.

I have been promoting the telecommute for Congressmen since before 1995.

I hope this is seriously considered.

1 posted on 03/22/2013 8:34:06 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

If this goes forward, there is no longer a need for 435 congresscritters, which is the capacity of the House chamber. We could actually have a one congresscritter for every 30,000 people.


2 posted on 03/22/2013 8:35:59 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Texas Fossil

So, you think that congress critters will give up their lavish offices, limo services, on camera opportunities and a multitude of other perks to telecommute? I doubt it.


3 posted on 03/22/2013 8:39:31 PM PDT by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: Publius

The POLs will resist this with their lives. But, it is the prescription to begin fixing the DC disease that is destroying the nation.

I suggested this to a POL when I lived in OK, before 1995. Have discussed this with several members of Congress since. Some would actually like it. (the good ones, the ones we should keep)

Can you imagine the cost savings alone, plus the removal from the corruption by the lobbyists.

AND it would be much harder for powerful people in DC to make ‘threats” to intimidate the Congressmen. They would be more safe in their home district.


4 posted on 03/22/2013 8:42:13 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: doc1019

Correct, most of them won’t. The ones who will are the ones we need to keep.

This is the path back for the nation. I never said it would happen or be easy.


5 posted on 03/22/2013 8:44:07 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

snow soccer happening as we speak on ESPN


6 posted on 03/22/2013 8:50:07 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Marchione.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Excellent idea, but most of those asshats would refuse to give up the perks.


7 posted on 03/22/2013 8:50:11 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: Texas Fossil

Could work ... looking for a downside and cannot find one thus far. Substantial savings for certain.


8 posted on 03/22/2013 8:54:31 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Texas Fossil

Exactly. If a congress critter supports this, chasers they understand the Constitution. If many business can conduct most of their operations via teleconference around the world, no reason congress can’t. If they have to all meet in DC they better have a dam good reason.


9 posted on 03/22/2013 8:55:32 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

The Constitution states that the Congress Shall Meet at least 1 time per year and specifies the date (changed).

It does not specify a minimum or maximum length of time to meet.

Texas Legislature meets 1 time every 2 years. And that has worked well for many years.

There is NO REASON Congress should be in session full time. None.


10 posted on 03/22/2013 8:59:00 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: bunkerhill7

Is that similar to hell freezing over? hee hee hee


11 posted on 03/22/2013 8:59:48 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil
AND it would be much harder for powerful people in DC to make ‘threats” to intimidate the Congressmen. They would be more safe in their home district.

And, more important, they would be more responsive to their home district's needs and wishes.

12 posted on 03/22/2013 9:03:46 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Texas Fossil

And give up all those perks? I don’t think so!


13 posted on 03/22/2013 9:05:23 PM PDT by Terry Mross (This country will fail to exist in my lifetime. And I'm gettin' up there in age.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Sam Houston was a smart man. The less the legislature is in session the safer the people.


14 posted on 03/22/2013 9:07:10 PM PDT by Terry Mross (This country will fail to exist in my lifetime. And I'm gettin' up there in age.)
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To: okie01

Correct.

I know a few Congressmen who would welcome this. And it requires no Constitutional change to implement.

My thought is they could meet in DC 2-3 times per year, week or 2 at a time. Rest of the time back in the home district under the thumb of the electorate.

They would become “representatives” not master

There is Nothing Real about DC, except corruption from power and money.

Lord Acton~ “Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Tends to Corrupt Absolutely”

And they would have to get a taste of their own medicine, and go to doctors in their home district. hee hee hee


15 posted on 03/22/2013 9:08:40 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

I agree.

When I watch C-Span for a specific reason...the chambers are largely empty. It’s not like these people all meet at the same time to do their jobs.


16 posted on 03/22/2013 9:08:59 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Terry Mross

yep, exactly


17 posted on 03/22/2013 9:09:10 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

Absolutely not.

Votes and committee should be held in public, in person.

This will be used to skirt attendance requirements on voting for bills.

Obama could conceivably go back to voting present if he were to become a senator for Illinois again and he could do it from the golf course.

No sireee. If the CEO of Yahoo recognizes the value of proximity to colleagues and better work being done by removing telecommuting from the work environment then why should Congress be willing to do the same.

Beside, they already have enough perks and exemptions that the rest of us Peoples don’t have.


18 posted on 03/22/2013 9:11:24 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: berdie

Yes. The big issue is security of transmission. Privacy does not exist on the web. Obozo’s techies would try to penetrate the communications entirely.

But so would the other side.

your techies against my techies.


19 posted on 03/22/2013 9:11:25 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

Nervier knew that about Texas. At most congress should meet once a quarter for a week. One of those must be dedicated to passing a budget and nothing else. No budget, no other bills should be able to proceed.


20 posted on 03/22/2013 9:15:16 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Vendome

Simple solution. Make fewer changes to laws. Do the voting when they are in session, but collect the votes until they are in session.

If Texas can go 2 years between sessions, governor can call a special session but it costs, then certainly the Fed Gov can too.

I agree with your concern over voting in person. But why must this be a continual thing, day after day. There are few earth shaking decisions that cannot be postponed a few weeks.

It could be made to work.

I never suggested voting via telecommute as this congressman did, but doing the work via telecommute. Away from DC most of the time.


21 posted on 03/22/2013 9:17:33 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: matt04

Agreed.


22 posted on 03/22/2013 9:18:09 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

That’s a good point. But it maybe a problem that already exists.

I really like your previous suggestion. They should use Texas as an example. It works for us really well.


23 posted on 03/22/2013 9:19:52 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Texas Fossil

Fine. cut their compensation and Bene’s.

Texas legislators only make $7000 bucks a year.

Congress could do well by America to shed a few bucks and for that matter so could the white hut.


24 posted on 03/22/2013 9:38:27 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

The problem is not a shortage of government, but an excess of oppressive federal government.

Government is not the solution, it is the problem.


25 posted on 03/22/2013 9:43:01 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Vendome

“The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.” (date is changed)

See, it says shall assemble at least 1 time. But nothing about duration or number of additional times.


26 posted on 03/22/2013 9:48:00 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

Yeah, yeah, Yeah. I know.(I’m a Freeper).

I’d just like to see these guys have their pay cut.

They go on enough vacations and are out of session for so many things, we’d be better off if they only met once a year.

I dunno. I am but a mere peasant.


27 posted on 03/22/2013 10:24:24 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Texas Fossil

There is NO REASON Congress should be in session full time.”

They’re not by my definition. Full-time would be if they are on the House/Senate floor from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most of them fly in sometime during the day on Monday and fly out on Friday morning. And then, of course, they have to leave by 3 in the afternoon “because of the traffic” and don’t come to work in the morning until 10 or so “because of the traffic”.

Truth be told I doubt if they are present in DC more than 20 hours a week and I’m sure that Congressmen like Pete Olson, who flies to DC every Monday, has more frequent flier miles racked up than any ten families.

I would like to see them stay full time all the time for 3 full months - maybe July, August and September - without returning home and then stay in their home district for the other 9 months. When they are not in DC, staff their office there with one person and increase to 2 the three months they are there. Our soldiers go without seeing their family for a whole lot longer than 3 months.

They are all the biggest wasters of time I have ever seen. No wonder so few of them have ever been able to hold down a job with a for profit organization.


28 posted on 03/22/2013 10:44:38 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Once upon a time, Congressmen spent half the year at home. They didn’t stay in DC through the summer until air-conditioning arrived.


29 posted on 03/22/2013 10:56:04 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Texas Fossil

This would never be done, because lobbyists need all the politicians in one place. It would cost too much to travel all over.


30 posted on 03/22/2013 11:38:45 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Grams A

“No wonder so few of them have ever been able to hold down a job with a for profit organization.”

By the nature of the organization, “for profit” organizations are efficient and productive and “not-for profit’ organizations are inefficient and largely non-productive.

congress is worse, they make the rest of the nation non-productive in the name of equality but actually for the sake of CONTROL.

I worked many years for a privately owned company who’s President had a statement under the glass top of his desk that stated “Profit is not a 4 letter word”.


31 posted on 03/23/2013 3:03:45 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil
The big issue is security of transmission. Privacy does not exist on the web. Obozo’s techies would try to penetrate the communications entirely.

Sure it does. The military uses the web just like everyone else. I think they know how to make communications secure. But "privacy" should not exist for Congressional communications.....ALL conversations should be recorded, transcribed, and available to constituents. The Congressmen's offices should have 24/7 vidcams available on the web. The only privacy a congresscritter should have is when he/she is "on da throne". "Privacy" is a big part of the problem.

32 posted on 03/23/2013 4:16:23 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

You don’t really believe that all congressional conversations are recorded do you?

Sure the law may require that, but that is not how it actually works.


33 posted on 03/23/2013 4:20:17 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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"You don’t really believe that all congressional conversations are recorded do you? Sure the law may require that, but that is not how it actually works."

Not a bit. I doubt that any are (at least legally). AFAIK, no law requires it. My point is that they "should" be.

I am of the same opinion about "public education". Every classroom should have two webcams...one at the front of the room viewing the students, and one at the rear of the room viewing the teachers, blackboards/visual apparatus. The idea that ANYTHING should be taught or said without the ability of parents to see it should be anathema. And if the kiddies knew that mommy and daddy might be watching them in class it would likely cut down on misbehavior.

If you are a "public servant" (officeholder) or public employee, you should HAVE no "privacy" other than for body functions. Your employers (us taxpayers) should be able to tune you in at any time and see what you are up to.

But the technology and laws are evolving in the exact opposite direction, with our nascent overlords (aka "public servants") able to view and access whatever we (taxpayers) might do (drones, GPS tracking, and God knows what else) without those devices/laws applying to themselves.

34 posted on 03/23/2013 5:22:45 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

agreed.


35 posted on 03/23/2013 7:38:38 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Publius
Why stop there?

If the technology would work for 10,000 congressfelons (the number required by your proposal of one representative per 30,000 citizens with a US population ~300,000,000), could it not be scaled up to allow all US citizens of voting age to, in effect, be our Congress?

I realize there are issues related to fraud and low information voting, but it's not like the present system is immune to them.

36 posted on 03/24/2013 1:28:42 PM PDT by white trash redneck (Just one of B. Hussein Obama's "typical white people")
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To: Texas Fossil

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2312127/posts


37 posted on 03/24/2013 3:41:22 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Texas Fossil

No good. They’ll cheat it somehow. They’re crooks.


38 posted on 03/24/2013 3:46:32 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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