Stop Republicans from banning live streaming in Congress
House Republicans are attempting to ban live streaming and taking photos from the floor of Congress. A law will be voted on tomorrow that would fine and punish our representatives for sharing images and videos with the public. Transparency and civilian and press oversight of government is at the heart of our national heritage, and this flies in the face of necessary and long-standing traditions that keep balance in our government.
Call today and have your voice heard before the vote tomorrow!
1. CALL your local representative and implore them to vote against it. Find their numbers here
2. CALL Paul Ryan's office and call him out on attempting to silence the minority. (202) 225-3031 / (608) 752-4050 / (262) 654-1901 / (262) 637-0510
Suggested script for your representatives
I'm calling to urge Rep. _____ to vote against Rep. Ryan's proposal to ban live streaming and photography on the Congressional floor. It's an obvious attempt to silence and hobble the minority and goes against our Democracy's inherent spirit of transparency and openness with its constituency.
Suggested script for paul ryan
I'm calling to urge Rep. Ryan to withdraw his proposal to ban live streaming and photography on the Congressional floor. It's an unfair attempt to silence and hobble the minority and goes against our Democracy's inherent spirit of transparency and openness with its constituency.
Be polite, concise and personal.
Leave a message if you don’t reach a live person.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
Republicans want to fine Congressmen who violate the ban $500 for a first infraction and then $2,500 for subsequent infractions. This is a response to Democrats live streaming their sit-in proteston gun control after the Orlando shooting. After the sit-in began, Ryan ordered the C-Span cameras shut off and Democrats responded by live-streaming the protest themselves.
It’s vital that in a Republican controlled government that has shown no commitment to playing fair or following long-standing traditions of government, citizens are able to keep an eye on the daily actions in Congress. Without transparency and access by press and citizens alike, we cannot trust that the members of our government will act in the best interest of the citizenry.
Additionally, the law will also impose punishments for legislators protesting in Congress. This is just a first step that Republicans are taking to curb the only power that Democrats hold now - the power to protest.