Washington — Representative Katie Porter, an outspoken freshman Democrat from California, is renewing her call to allow remote voting in the House so lawmakers can continue working while avoiding close contact amid the coronavirus outbreak.  “We write to request that you enact a temporary change to House Rules to allow remote voting by Members of the House during national emergencies, especially the current one involving COVID-19,” Porter wrote in the letter to House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, which was signed by 66 of her colleagues. The California Democrat’s letter, sent Monday morning, picked up dozens signatures over the weekend in the wake of Sunday’s revelation that Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive for the coronavirus. Two other senators said they would self-quarantine for 14 days due to their contact with Paul.  Nearly 30 members of the House have had to self-quarantine since the beginning of March, with two representatives having tested positive in the last week. The uptick in the number of lawmakers going into self-quarantine, coupled with strict stay-at-home orders in states like California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois, mean that more members will not be able to vote on the House floor when the chamber returns

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