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House Republicans want to make sure that Democrats don't film their sit-ins

Democrats may make statements in advancing their goals, but the GOP doesn't want it publicized


Mary Clare Jalonick
December 28, 2016 3:45AM (UTC)

WASHINGTON  — House Republicans are aiming to ensure there's no repeat of a Democratic sit-in last summer over gun control.

GOP leaders are planning a vote on a set of rules changes when Congress convenes in January. The new rules include fines for members who use electronic devices to take pictures or video from the House floor.

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The proposal comes six months after Democrats live-streamed a sit-in on the House floor last June to demand gun-control votes. Republicans shut off the cameras in the House gallery throughout most of the protest, but Democrats used their cellphones to capture video that was broadcast on C-SPAN.

Fines would be paid from the salaries of offending lawmakers. The new rules would not be retroactive, so lawmakers who participated in the sit-in won't be penalized.


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