Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz just smuggled a small resolution into the new House Rules package that will make the new session of Congress a lot more interesting to the American public.
On Tuesday, FoxNews reported that the Republican Congressman had introduced a House Rules Change that would allow C-SPAN to have full access to the House and broadcast all proceedings during normal proceedings.
Last week America watched in real time how our government works.
I am introducing a change to allow @CSPAN Cameras on the house floor at all times.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 10, 2023
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 10, 2023
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C-SPAN became a hit with the American public during last week’s controversial race for Speakers of the House. For the first time, many Americans tuned in live to see the American government in action.
Gaetz told Fox News Digital that this inspired his new proposal.
“I got a lot of feedback from voters about how interesting it was and that you could see in real time how our government works, what alliances are being formed, what discussions are being held, what lively moments are driving action,” he said. “And the view of the convention pool is antiquated and a bit boomer.”
Did you like the varied coverage of the congress?
Yes: 94% (76 votes)
No: 6% (5 votes)
In addition, Gaetz said his proposal has broad support in Congress, and no member sees having more transparency and more public access to House processes as a bad thing.
“I’ve spoken to a handful of colleagues and have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t viewed the broader transparency as a net positive.”
I agree! There’s no reason this suggestion is a bad thing. Americans deserve to know what’s going on in their own government. Government transparency and openness is how Americans can have confidence in what their government is doing, which is an absolute necessity in any functioning society.
But Gaetz has also suggested another reason why this proposal would be a good thing for the American public: it would show public moments of bipartisanship and shared sympathy between rival members of Congress that we don’t often hear about.
He highlighted his amicable conversations with leading Democrats like Sheila Jackson Lee and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to show that “there are moments of bipartisanship and collegiality every day. And the country doesn’t get to see them.”
For viewers of last week’s sessions, perhaps one of the most interesting of those moments came when Gaetz and his Republican colleague Paul Gosar had a friendly chat with far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat.
These representatives could not be more politically different, and Gosar and AOC have quite a controversial history. So it’s quite nice to see these political rivals having a warm interaction.
Perhaps the political climate would be far less divisive if the American people were allowed to see political rivals interacting with one another in more civilized ways than in the heated ways often portrayed in the media.
Overall, there is nothing bad about Gaetz’s proposal: it encourages openness and transparency in our administration and allows the American people to experience moments of bipartisanship between political rivals.
Perhaps this seemingly small resolution will have a major impact on the political atmosphere in our country.
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