In keeping with the pledge to “make Congress more open and transparent,” Speaker Boehner has endorsed expanding media access inside Congress.
- Boehner Backs More House-Side Access for TV Cameras: "Speaker John Boehner is receptive to expanding media access to the House and is even exploring ways to allow TV journalists in the House chamber. In a letter sent Thursday to the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association, the Ohio Republican wrote that he has issued several recommendations for ways to allow radio and TV reporters greater access to the House. 'A free and open press is a cornerstone of our democracy,' Boehner wrote. 'I agree that enhancing opportunities for media coverage can make the House more open and transparent to the American people.'" (Roll Call, 2/4/11)
- John Boehner expands media access in House chamber: "Speaker John Boehner supports giving broadcast media outlets new access to the House chamber and other spots in the Capitol, paving the way for the public to get a better feel for its legislature at work. ... 'We’re very happy with the relationship that we’ve developed with the speaker’s office to this point,' said RTCA Chairman Jay McMichael, who works as a photojournalist for CNN. 'We are happy with the progress that was made in these negotiations, and we are looking forward to working with them closely in the future on any issues that might come up. … The speaker was very generous and thoughtful about this process and we appreciate that.'" (Politico, 2/3/11)
This is only the latest move by Boehner and the new majority to make Congress more open and accountable to the American people. Earlier this year, the House adopted new rules giving the public at least three days to review all legislation online before a vote. The Speaker’s office has also streamed live online (through UStream and Facebook) major events such as the opening session of the 112th Congress and the Republican Address to the Nation, and has embraced all manner of new digital tools to reach out and engage with Americans in new ways.