So far, none of the bills has Republican co-sponsors. But the House resolution at least has bipartisan support. House Administration ranking member Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) supports the idea, and the committee just needs to pass the resolution to make it a House regulation.
He is supportive of a resolution as texting while driving is dangerous and in many states illegal and something that staff should be discouraged from doing, spokeswoman Salley Wood said.
The committee was set to discuss the ban Wednesday, but the scheduled markup was postponed after Capitol Police evacuated the Longworth House Office Building (where the committee is located) for a false fire alarm.
Correction: Oct. 23, 2009
The article misidentified a national transportation safety group. It is the Governors Highway Safety Association.