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Issa ‘Unapologetic’ After Sneaking #BibiSpeech Photos

Speaker John A. Boehner tried to lay down the law against members taking photos on the House floor six days ago, but the scolding didn’t stick with at least one Republican.  

Rep. Darrell Issa offered no remorse Tuesday for snapping and tweeting two photos during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress.  

“I’m unapologetic,” the California Republican told CQ Roll Call. “Hundreds and hundreds of press people could see me taking a picture of the prime minister at this historic time on the floor, as hundreds and hundreds of your colleagues took pictures from above,” Issa continued.  

Despite Boehner’s stern warning that taking unofficial photographs not only detracts from the dignity of the proceedings, but also presents a “security and privacy challenge for the House,” Issa saw no problem with sneaking the shots. He also had no plans to delete them.  

“This was a ceremonial event in which there were lots of cameras. Each member makes their own decision about what they believe is appropriate or not appropriate,” he rationalized. “When there is broad uncontrolled cameras in a ceremonial situation of this sort, I have always believed that there’s nothing wrong with it and I … maintain that.”  

Issa also said it’s up to each member “when the House is in session or not in session, and so on.”  

He is not  alone in violating the rule. Members had a selfie heyday on the floor during the opening hour of the 114th Congress, before its rules had been adopted. But it’s unclear whether Issa’s small act of rebellion might be punished.  


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