House Republicans Move to Block Live Streaming, Photos From Floor of Congress

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Democrats turned to live streaming via Facebook Live and Periscope to spread the word about their protest after Ryan ordered the House's C-SPAN camera turned off. C-SPAN typically offers a live feed of House and Senate sessions. House Republicans want to fine offenders $500 for the first offense and $2,500 thereafter for additional offenses. Their efforts couldn't force legislation on gun control, but don't worry; the House is willing to take up the larger and more risky issue of those damn live streams.

The proposal would not be retroactive, meaning Democrats who participated in the House floor sit-in this past June to call for action on gun control legislation won't be punished.

The reported Republican proposal would impose fines on members who use recording devices on the House floor. The fines would be deducted from each members' salary, according to NBC News. They ultimately forged ahead with previously scheduled votes as the sit-in went on and adjourned early for the week. That protest lasted for 24 hours and occurred in the wake of the mass murder Orlando shooting. They wanted more background checks for gun users.

Over the summer, Democratic congressmen staged what Speaker Ryan had referred to as a publicity stunt. Some Democrats, not surprisingly, are vowing to fight it. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., was among those who took to Twitter to blast Republicans for the proposed rule change.

The proposed rules would also clarify that members or employees of the House can not engage in "disorderly or disruptive conduct" by intentionally blocking another member from moving in the chamber, or using an exhibit or other means to disturb legislative proceedings.

The new rules would also fine members for blocking the microphones or the front of the House floor.

The House will vote on the new rules package, first reported by Bloomberg News, when it reconvenes on January 3.



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