Skip to comments.GOP lawmaker seeks 'virtual Congress' with telecommuting plan (finally took my idea)
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
snow soccer happening as we speak on ESPN
Excellent idea, but most of those asshats would refuse to give up the perks.
Could work ... looking for a downside and cannot find one thus far. Substantial savings for certain.
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.
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.
Is that similar to hell freezing over? hee hee hee
And, more important, they would be more responsive to their home district's needs and wishes.
And give up all those perks? I don’t think so!
Sam Houston was a smart man. The less the legislature is in session the safer the people.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The problem is not a shortage of government, but an excess of oppressive federal government.
Government is not the solution, it is the problem.
“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.
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.
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.
Once upon a time, Congressmen spent half the year at home. They didnt stay in DC through the summer until air-conditioning arrived.
This would never be done, because lobbyists need all the politicians in one place. It would cost too much to travel all over.
“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”.
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.
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.
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.
No good. They’ll cheat it somehow. They’re crooks.