Last year and throughout the debate on President Obama's government takeover of health care, GOP Leader Boehner and Republicans demanded that Democrats broadcast closed-door debates to give Americans a better look at how jobs-killing laws were coming to a vote. Democrats refused. But now that voters have given Republicans an opportunity to lead Congress, the GOP plans to make good on its own advice and install cameras in the powerful Rules Committee hearing room:
>> Dreier orders cameras for Rules Committee hearing room: "Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), now the presumptive chairman of the Rules Committee, directed the House's chief administrative officer on Friday to begin installing cameras in the committee's hearing room. 'Given the important nature of our work, my Republican Rules Committee colleagues and I have repeatedly requested that the majority undertake the installation of cameras in the Rules Committee hearing room to the end that we begin webcasting our proceedings,' he wrote in a letter to House CAO Dan Strodel." (The Hill, 11/5/10)
>> Republicans move to have cameras in Rules Committee: "The House Rules Committee decides which bills and amendments come to the floor for a vote and which do not. Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania Republican, introduced legislation that would require cameras in the Rules Committee. The move to place cameras in the Rules Committee Hearing Room is part of the House GOP Congressional Transparency Initiative." (Washington Times, 11/6/10)
>> GOP to install cameras in Rules Committee hearing room: "House Republicans on Friday announced they are moving to install cameras in the Rules Committee hearing room. The GOP has long criticized Democrats for keeping the Rules Committee proceedings opaque. ... The Rules Committee molds debate on the House floor. It decides the allotment of time and how many amendments may be offered." (Politico, 11/5/10)
In a speech on Congressional reform at the American Enterprise Institute, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said Congress "finds itself in a state of emergency. The institution does not function, does not deliberate and seems incapable of acting on the will of the people" (see more here in "Pillars of a New Majority"). That's why the Republican Pledge to America features an entire section devoted to Congressional reform.
Installing cameras in the powerful Rules Committee is one step of many in changing the way Congress does business to better reflect the priorities of the American people.
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