GOP Wants Live TV Broadcasts of Rules Committee

Posted July 14, 2009 at 1:23pm

Republicans on the House Rules Committee are pushing Democrats to open the panel’s proceedings to live television broadcasts.In a letter to Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday, the four Republicans on the panel argue that Democratic heavy-handedness in restricting debate is driving the need for greater public scrutiny. The Rules Committee sets the rules for legislative debate on the House floor.“Recent events have demonstrated over and over that more transparency in the Rules Committee’s proceedings is necessary,— they write. “Whether it is a 300-page amendment dropped in Members’ laps at 3 o’clock in the morning, a conference report authorizing large payouts to AIG executives, or the Rules Committee’s new-found role as the arbiter of every amendment considered on the floor of the House, the public deserves to see what we’re up to in the Rules Committee.—