Speaker Nancy Pelosi discusses the challenges of making Congress work amid the pandemic, saying that the House is not scheduled to meet until May 4 and there are no plans to set up remote voting.
"People think we can do Congress by Zoom," Pelosi said. "Zoom is a Chinese entity that we've been told not to even trust the security of. So, there are challenges. It's not as easy as you would think."
"Are there other options, of proxy voting and the rest? Which other people tell me has constitutional problems. So, this is not as easy as you might think," she said.
CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: Final question for you is just about the urgency and timeline here. I mean, someone raised the idea of remote voting, right?
I mean, you've got -- you've got Congress. You got 435 people that come into a room. There's always kinds of staff around each other. Everybody right now is physically distancing, it's very hard to make Congress work.
People raised the idea of virtual voting with you. You said that -- that was not going to happen.
And then Steny Hoyer said this: Members are advised that absent an emergency, the House is not expected to meet prior to Monday, May 4th, 2020, which is a long way away. And also, I think a lot of people read that and said, what do you call this now if not an emergency?
SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: Well, it is an emergency, but what the distinguished leader was referencing in terms of urgency of passing a bill. We do think there is that urgency. But we have to get some agreement on the part of the Republicans that something the president will sign. We need that signature after all.
But here's the thing, because you raise it and then you put one thing that I said -- what I said is we're giving a task to the chair of the rules committee, and the chairwoman, that would be Jim McGovern and Zoe Lofgren, the chair of the House Administration Committee, the two committees of jurisdiction to present options to us -- what is allowed under the Constitution, under the rules of the House, what is possible technologically.
But we haven't gotten to that. But on this Thursday, Jim McGovern will be making a report on what he sees as some of the options.
People think we can do Congress by Zoom. Zoom is a Chinese entity that we've been told not to even trust the security of. So, there are challenges. It's not as easy as you would think.
Are there other options, of proxy voting and the rest? Which other people tell me have constitutional problems. So, this is not as easy as you might think. And when we do it --
HAYES: Fair enough.
PELOSI: -- we're going to do it right.
But, in the meantime, we hope that we will have testing in this and then be able to come at least in the numbers necessary to hold a quorum in order to do the work that people (INAUDIBLE).
In the meantime, I'm so proud of our members. They're all working very hard, 24/7, town -- teletown meetings, meeting with community folks, smaller telemeetings --
PELOSI: -- and the rest, so that every single day, we have hours of feedback from them, as to what is happening out there, how the initiatives that are out there so far are working or not working. But all of them committed to saving lives, insisting on the truth to do so.
And -- and, again, opening up to our economy when the health folks tell us the time is right.