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  1. Mrs.PatsFanInVa

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    #24 Jersey

    The more things change the more they remain the same.

    Early in 2010 Boehner called for greater television access to debate over President Obama's health care legislation saying, "Every issue of national import should be debated by the people's elected representatives in full public view."

    New House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has denied a request by C-SPAN for permission to cover more of the debate on the House floor.

    The public affairs network had sent Boehner a letter in November asking him to allow its cameras the freedom to capture wide shots of the chamber and also to catch lawmakers' reactions while their colleagues are holding forth. Currently C-SPAN is limited to static shots that are controlled by Congress.

    Boehner responded via letter late Thursday, informing C-SPAN officials that their request would not be accommodated.

    C-SPAN made similar requests to Republican Newt Gingrich in 1994 and Democrat Nancy Pelosi in 2006, as they prepared to take over as speaker. Those requests were also denied.


    John Boehner Denies C-SPAN Request for Increased Coverage of House
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    Mrs. PF - that is a biased story which left out a few things.

    So ... in the spirit of more information here are a few more parts of the story.

    C-SPAN denied cameras in the House of Representatives, again

    In 1984 Newt let C-Span cover the chamber, but only who was speaking. So one day Newt let C-Span pan the floor to show a near empty chamber. That started a major fight and ...


    ... and now you know the rest of the story.
    :americaflag:

    I agree ... the house should let the camera's in but I think this is not just Boehner or the republicans who don't want it ... neither party wants it would be more accurate IMO.
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    Whatever happened to peace, love and transparency???.. the reality is most of goverment occurs behind closed doors, surrounded by the real power brokers..
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    What do congress critters sneering in the chamber have to do with the debate ie what is actually being said on the floor?
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    Obama is just like Bush except for his Ears.
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    You should read your posts before you post them..
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    They sometimes use those opportunities to conduct business as many of them are there. Like one time Boehner was seen passing out checks from some lobby people. The impression I get is that they want to show it in a dignified way because it is way less than dignified most of the time.
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    We need to see congress criters snoozing?

    I wouldn't mind CSpan broadcasting thing like the rules committee meetings, you know the ones that were secret when Obamacare was put together.

    That of course is what Boehner was referring to. Libs as usual look only for the superfical to try to make an irrelevant point.


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    #24 Jersey

    Really?

    And why shouldn't we see people sleeping? Isn't that kind of an important statement in it's own way? I'd surely like to know if my congressman was asleep when an important bill was being discussed, wouldn't you?

    Here's the letter in question - please point out where Boehner refers specifically to rules committee meetings and not just unrestricted access.

    Please also show me where he's allowed any more access than before to anything at all.

    It would be much appreciated if you could do so.

    Thanks.

    http://www.c-span.org/pdf/BoehnerLettertoCSPANJan2010.pdf
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    Ok. this is something we both agree is UNACCEPTABLE. After all, its OUR pharkin government! Seriously...WTF?!

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