I could play with this issue all day long. I mean if a Hearing happens and no one hears it.. did it really happen? In DC, You Betcha. Like the Then Speaker Pelosi said on health care bill, you had to, “pass it to see what was in it”. In DC the cogs keep on turning even when the American people are not Listening. May be it is time, folks let Congress know we want a real open congress with real transparency. And even if you don;t agree with everything the Sunlight Foundation is doing, don’t ignore them when you can bind together for a more open process. Hey I don’t like my Wife’s cold feet.. but I like just about everything else! Now get on the Phone!
From Sunlight Foundation
Will the American people be able to watch online as members of Congress discuss how much money to spend on the House of Representatives next year? Probably not, as this Thursday’s hearing will take place in a room without cameras, even through the main committee room is wired to the internet and apparently available.*
The in-person-only nature of the hearing conflicts with the newly adopted House Rules, which require “to the maximum extent practicable, each committee shall –”
provide audio and video coverage of each hearing or meeting for the transaction of business in a manner that allows the public to easily listen to and view the proceedings.Last year, Speaker Boehner moved to ensure that the House Rules Committee could broadcasting video of its proceedings in its main hearing room. At the time, he said, “given the important business conducted there, we feel strongly that the American people should have the ability to watch the Committee in action.” The same argument can be made here.
In light of the serious and important efforts being undertaken by the House leadership to move Congress into the electronic age, the Appropriations Committee should hold its hearings as possible in the main room whenever possible, starting with this one, until cameras are installed in its subcommittee rooms.