Last Updated on January 11, 2023
Freedom Caucus Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) is calling for C-SPAN and their cameras to have greater access to Congress and to end the “boomer-fied” lack of transparency that’s kept the American People in the dark as to what happens in their Capitol.
Rep. Gaetz introduced the idea as an amendment to the House rules package on Tuesday, and says that he received a flood of positive feedback following the speakership vote, during which Americans were given a front-row seat to how their government works, thanks to the constant presence of C-SPAN cameras on the House floor.
“I’ve received a lot of feedback from constituents about how interesting it was and that you were able to see in real-time how our government is functioning, what alliances are being created, what discussions are being had, what animated moments drive the action,” Gaetz told Fox News of his constituents comments on the speakership vote and the close-up coverage that aired on C-SPAN.
After the vote though, the cameras were removed from the House floor and returned to their usual position in the gallery, where they are again being operated by the federal government, who sends the distantly-recorded footage to C-SPAN to air on TV.
“The pool view of the Congress is antiquated and a little boomer-fied,” Gaetz said in announcing his amendment to the rules package, which calls for a minimum of four cameras, owned and operated by C-SPAN, to be rolling on the House floor, taking close-ups of legislative action straight to the American People.
Throughout the speakership vote, Rep. Gaetz was one of the members of Congress spearheading efforts to make sure that Nancy Pelosi’s left-wing House rules were scrapped, forcing establishment leader Kevin McCarthy to govern like a conservative or risk his removal as speaker, thanks to the Jeffersonian motion to vacate, which made its return in the new House rules package.