Written to Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, 3rd District Tennessee
Dr. Mr. Fleischmann:
I am writing you today to ask you to vote against the proposed change to the House of Representatives rules that will fine members for posting live video/photos from the House floor. This is in response to the June 2016 sit in conducted by Democrats when they attempted to force a vote on gun violence legislation which Speaker Ryan denied.
‘…After Democrats seized the floor and refused to yield, Republicans shut down the chamber. C-SPAN had been airing the demonstration, but its cameras, which are controlled by the House majority, were turned off when the House shut down. The network then picked up a cellphone live-stream from one of the lawmakers protesting.” From politico.com.
As an American and one of your constituents, I have grave concerns about this action. The members that participated in the ‘sit-in’ only began livestreaming when the C-SPAN feed was cut off. When the stream was stopped, Americans were denied the opportunity to see Congress in action – which includes the good, the bad and the ugly.
We have the right to see our representatives at work, and any attempt at censorship should be met with the most stringent resistance.
The excuse of ‘changes “will help ensure that order and decorum are preserved in the House”’ is specious at best. The House majority gave up any claim to that argument when the GOP accepted Donald Trump as its nominee for President of the United States.
Thank you and I will be watching how you vote on this issue.