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Boehner Denies C-SPAN's Request To Allow Its Cameras In The House


C-SPAN wrote Boehner back in November, urging he allow their cameras to televise House floor debates. Currently, the cameras used to cover House floor debates are owned and operated by Congress, and reactionary shots are prohibited.

While Boehner made no promises then, his spokesman said, "Rep. Boehner is committed to making the House more transparent and accountable."

Interestingly, Boehner wrote C-SPAN a year ago, saying he and other House Republicans supported the network's efforts to increase coverage. But at the time, he was referring specifically to the importance of transparency during the health care reform debate.

C-SPAN released a statement saying, the network is "disappointed" by the decision.

We continue to feel that the public is best served by seeing a more complete
picture of the legislative process than what's delivered by Congressionally-controlled
cameras and will continue to work with Speaker Boehner and other leaders in the House
in hope of one day gaining access on behalf of the media.

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