Nancy Pelosi Wants to Shut Down Member Blogging
Democrats in the House Want Representatives to Only Post to "Approved" Websites
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We've had the pleasure to host many Representatives here at RedState, where they've written about issues that interest us all. But that may all be about to change if Nancy Pelosi has her way.
Via Congressman John Culberson's (R-TX) twitter feed, we learned today of an incredible threat to Congressional activity on the internet.
johnculberson: Before I could post a Tweet I would have to get approval of the twits that run the House! 25 minutes ago from web
johnculberson: They want to require prior approval of all posts to any public social media/internet/www site by any member of Congress!!! 26 minutes ago from web
johnculberson: Dem "Supreme Soviet" leadership of House would have to approve every Twitter before I could post it!!! 26 minutes ago from web
johnculberson: I just learned the Dems are trying to censor Congressmen's ability to use Twitter Qik YouTube Utterz etc - outrageous and I will fight them about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Culberson and John Boehner have spoken out on the issue already, and Reps. Vern Ehlers (R-MI), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Tom Price (R-GA) are leading the opposition. Under the rule, any kind of site that involves posting - including miniblogs on Twitter, podcasts, video on Youtube, etc. - would all have to be on sites "approved" by the House Democrat leadership as complying with House regulations. As the release states:
"Under the proposal, the House Administration Committee would develop a list of "approved" websites, and Members of Congress could only post content on such websites."
Whatever intention the Democrats have, this idea is ridiculous. Congressmen should be able to decide for themselves where and how they interact with their constituents and the American people.
Tell Nancy Pelosi and the House Administration Committee to stop trying to block transparency and openness in government. Call them at 202-224-3121.