Lawmakers want to vote and do committee work remotely

Three House lawmakers have written a resolution that would let members vote on certain bills without being present on the House floor, and participate in certain committee hearings without being present in the room.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and two Republican lawmakers put forward the MOBILE resolution, which stands for Members Operating to Be Innovative and Link Everyone.

The resolution implies members of the House could be more effective if they were allowed to multi-task, and be permitted to take certain votes and join hearings while they aren't in Washington, or at least, without having to be in the room.

Swalwell's resolution would require House staff to develop a "secure remote voting system" that would be used only for so-called "suspension bills." Those are usually non-controversial bills that are debated for less time, and often get passed with wide margins.