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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

House leadership proposes plan to penalize live-streaming lawmakers

Seeking to prevent another live-streaming "viral video moment" from taking place on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has introduced a rules package that would fine and punish lawmakers for recording photos and video from the floor.

The move comes in response to Democratic lawmakers, who in June live-streamed a sit-in on the House floor over gun control legislation. Democrats organized the sit-in to protest Republican lawmakers’ decision not to bring to the floor a gun-control bill, which if passed would have broadened background checks and prevented people on no-fly lists from buying guns.

When the House turned off the cameras inside the chambers during the sit-in, the participating lawmakers turned to live-streaming services such as Periscope and Facebook Live to broadcast the sit-in, which spanned for 25 hours. The live-streams, which attracted considerable publicity and millions of views, were in turn broadcast live on C-SPAN and other TV networks, which had lost access to live video when the House cameras were shut down.



Anonymous said...

"House Leadership" needs to STFU. While I oppose the aforementioned sit-in, I will defend to my death their right to do it and broadcast it to all.

Anonymous said...

And we wonder why the college kids have no respect on campus. Fine example.

Anonymous said...

Paul Paul Paul...this is the best you can come up with to shine light on your political endeavors with the seat you currently hold? No Paul, this is not your best. Less exercising your body, more your brain and WE just know you can do better!!!!

Signed - AMERICA!