Reps. Steve PearceStevan (Steve) Edward PearceNew Mexico Dems brace for crowded race to succeed Udall The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority The legal scandal that no one is talking about MORE (R-N.M.) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellLive coverage: Schiff closes with speech highlighting claims of Trump's corruption The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Vindman defends witnesses from 'cowardly' attacks at third day of hearings Swalwell on flatulence allegation: Total exoneration MORE (D-Calif.) have introduced a bill urging development of ways for members of Congress to avoid traveling to Washington away from their districts.

The resolution offered by Pearce and Swalwell, who both hail from districts on the opposite side of the country as Washington, envisions a Congress allowing members to vote and participate in committee hearings via the Internet.


That way, they argue, lawmakers wouldn't have to travel all the way to the Capitol to conduct official duties and jet back to their districts every week.

Specifically, their resolution directs the House Administration Committee to identify "best practices" for conducting congressional business virtually.

The bipartisan duo argue that a virtual Congress would prevent members and staff from becoming out of touch with their districts.

"[M]any congressional staffers do not spend time in the district for which  they were hired to work, and are less in touch with the needs of constituents," the resolution states.

The measure further cites security concerns of having all 535 members of Congress in one place.

It notes "concerns were raised after 9/11 about the possibility of future terrorist attacks on the Nation's Capitol and the safety of the Members of Congress" as well as "the security challenges of convening government officials in one specific place."