Alan Fram | Associated Press
Senate bargainers have announced a bipartisan framework responding to last month's mass shootings in New York and Texas. It's a measured breakthrough offering modest gun curbs and bolstered efforts to improve school safety and mental health programs.
Just seven Republicans, along with most Democrats, used remote voting in the House when voting-from-somewhere-else was first allowed two years ago as the pandemic erupted. So far this year, however, over half of GOP lawmakers have used the proxy voting system at least once, along with nearly all Democrats.
Tim Scott of South Carolina is often happy to dart past Capitol Hill reporters without saying much. But he and the spotlight have found each other.