Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Speech in Opposition to H.Res. 965 Creating a “Virtual” Congress

May 15, 2020

Speech in Opposition to H.Res. 965 Creating a “Virtual” Congress
Congressman Tom McClintock
House Chamber, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Speaker:

The word “Congress” literally means “the act of coming together and meeting.”  The Constitution calls for representatives to “attend,” “assemble” and “meet.”  Congress is a deliberative body and by its very nature that requires the people’s representatives to interact with each other both through formal proceedings as well as through the countless informal conversations that are the unique product of “coming together and meeting.” 

Fulfilling that duty, Congress has met throughout every war and pandemic that has come before us.  We expect grocery clerks to show up at four in the morning to restock the shelves, but the House of Representatives is going to phone it in?

Each of us IS the proxy for our constituents.  They expect us to speak and vote for them – and answer to them – not to hand off that trust to someone entirely unaccountable because we’re too lazy or too scared to show up for work.

Good God, what are we doing to our country?