C-SPAN throws the gauntlet
C-SPAN chief executive Brian Lamb, who has long fought for more television access in Congress, is now asking House and Senate leadership to allow cameras inside while members hammer out differences between the two health care bills.
Lamb, in a letter dated Dec. 30 and made available today, requested opening up “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings, to electronic media coverage”
The C-SPAN networks, he wrote, are willing to commit the necessary resources to cover sessions live and would offer the network’s multi-camera feed to those in the Capitol Hill broadcast pool.
I love this move on the part of Brian Lamb. It puts these cowardly Democrats currently running the Congress on the spot. Especially in light of the recent news that the Democratic leadership will skip the conference process, effectively shunning the Republicans from reconciliation of the House and Senate healthcare bills and put the final bill together—in secret. Nearly 16% of the American economy.
What a disgrace.
It also invokes the lies coming from then-candidate Obama about how the debate on healthcare reform would be open to the public.
It should be interesting to see how this plays out.