Since Republicans retook the majority in 2011, the House of Representatives is more open and transparent than ever before. It’s been noted that the House leadership operation is “relentlessly digital,” from social media, to legislative data, and perhaps most especially, online video.
By the (YouTube) numbers:
- 99.2 percent of House Republicans and committees maintain dedicated YouTube channels, where you can watch their official activities, such as floor speeches, media interviews, or even selfie music videos.
- Across the entire lifetime of all channels, House Republicans have 72,500 subscribers, with more than 70.7 million video views.
- In the last 20 months, there have been more than 78.2 million minutes watched. (That’s more than 148 years!)
- The average view duration during that time is approximately 4 minutes.
- In just the last 10 months, House Republicans have published more than 8,500 unique videos.
Of course, YouTube is just one of the many video tools House Republicans are using to make Washington work for Americans. Here’s a look at some of the other groundbreaking video milestones accomplished by the Republican Majority:
- In 2011, Speaker Boehner paved the way to allow House lawmakers access to low-cost online video conferencing tools like Skype and ooVoo.
- That same year, the Office of the Clerk unveiled its live stream of the House floor for mobile devices.
- In 2012, The House Administration Committee and Library of Congress teamed up to offer a one-stop site for live video of House Committee Hearings.
- Last year, the Office of the Clerk released a new way to search video archives from the House floor.
- Every week the House is in session, you can catch Speaker Boehner’s press conferences live at Speaker.gov/live.