Failing to act quickly and decisively to contain this coronavirus could cost countless Americans their lives and financial security.
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But, many of those still here in Congress are among the most vulnerable Americans and coming in closer contact with others than they should.
Those who are absent are leaving their constituents without a voice.
Legislative staffs are largely working from home but lawmakers can't mail or phone-in their votes. Portman first suggested a remote-voting option in times of national emergency shortly after 9/11.
The idea resurfaced in both chambers earlier this month.