November 16, 2010

C-SPAN wants more cameras in the House

Speakers Gingrich and Pelosi said no, but C-SPAN is hoping that Speaker-to-be Boehner will sing a different tune:

The all-things-Congress cable network has asked Mr. Boehner’s approval to install its own television cameras in the chamber to capture members’ reactions during debate or show any other developments that occur away from the fixed lecterns where lawmakers speak, like a rank-and-file House member getting worked over by party leaders to switch his or her vote.

Rep. Boehner has previously made statements in support of more transparency in the House. This move by C-SPAN would be a small but meaningful step towards that goal. If Rep. Boehner is serious about increasing transparency in government, he would agree to C-SPAN's request.