Key Documents: Congressional Emergency Remote Proceedings

On May 15, 2020, the House adopted House Resolution 965 to ensure Congress can continue legislating during COVID-19. The resolution provides for the temporary implementation of remote voting on the House Floor and virtual committee proceedings during a "covered period" designated by the Speaker after receiving a notification from the Sergeant-at-Arms, in consultation with the Attending Physician, that a public health emergency due to a novel coronavirus is in effect.

A "covered period" was designated by Speaker Pelosi on May 20, 2020 and was most recently extended on November 13, 2020. Below, please find useful related documents including a step-by-step guide on how Members can cast their votes remotely on the House floor; letter templates for the designation, alteration, and revocation of proxies; and regulations that were inserted in the Congressional Record for remote voting on the floor and for remote committee proceedings.

  • H. Rept. 116-420—Report from the Committee on Rules to accompany H. Res. 965.
May 15, 2020