In the early 1990s, two dozen House lawmakers pitched an idea of voting electronically. The proposal didn't get very far.
Now, as the coronavirus threat grows, one of original sponsors of that measure is trying again.
"At the time we didn't have ... the electronic communications we have today to safely vote remotely," said Ohio Republican Rob Portman, who is now a senator. "Now we do."
Portman is co-sponsoring a resolution with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois to allow remote voting.
And Portman has a lot more company this time.