Gaetz Proposes Bringing C-SPAN Cams Back To House Floor

New amendment would give C-SPAN permission to broadcast proceedings, similar to contentious House speaker vote
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) talks to Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in the House Chamber after Gaetz voted present during the fourth day of voting for Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2023 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is meeting to vote for the next Speaker after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to earn more than 218 votes on several ballots; the first time in 100 years that the Speaker was not elected on the first ballot. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Florida Representative Matt Gaetz is introducing an amendment that would require the House speaker to permit C-SPAN to broadcast floor proceedings with a minimum of four cameras.
  • Unlike during the contentious speaker election, cameras are typically fixed on the dais and under the control of the House Recording Studio, whose footage is used by C-SPAN.
  • C-SPAN was reportedly allowed to record the proceedings of the speaker vote, but some have signaled support for making it a permanent fixture.

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