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The Incredible Shrinking Quorum

How can Congress do its work in a time of social distancing? The Senate has remained in session as usual, but the House took steps last week to allow voting by members who aren’t in the chamber. Its resolution, passed May 15 without Republican support, is constitutionally faulty and could invalidate every law enacted over the next few months.

The House has always met in person, but under H.Res. 965 one representative can act as a proxy for up to 10 other representatives and vote on their behalf. The Constitution allows each…

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