Senate Moves to Restrict TV Interviews in US Capitol

Senate Moves to Restrict TV Interviews in US Capitol

Senate Moves to Restrict TV Interviews in US Capitol

When IJR called the Radio and TV Correspondents Gallery for information on the rules changes, we were told to call the Senate Rules Committee.

Amid the blowback, the Senate Rules Committee denied that it had instructed Senate administrative staff to crack down on reporters.

Reporters on Capitol Hill said Tuesday they were no longer allowed to record interviews with lawmakers in the Senate's hallways without prior permission. When a party has abandoned its commitment to democratic norms, it is no surprise to see it stifle press coverage that shows them in a bad light (i.e., accurately reporting on what they're doing). Reporters from print, television and radio media are free to question members of the House and Senate in certain areas as they move between their offices, hearings and chamber floors.

As Congress investigates alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation and the Senate crafts its Obamacare replacement bill, revoking the ability to interview senators on camera would inhibit press access traditionally allowed on the Hill. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to express her dismay at the mysterious rule change on camera in the basement of the Capitol.

At least one leader of one of the multiple press galleries on the Hill - tasked with credentialing news outlets and working with the Senate to ensure press access - said he and his other press gallery leaders had no idea the new rules were coming. She said she was told it was a "staff inquiry" and she said Shelby told her he would "never make any changes without consulting [her]". No more staking out hearings without permission.

Reporters are apparently facing yet another hurdle when trying to cover the politics of dysfunction.

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Still, Scott said he supported reporters' right to conduct interviews and access the Capitol. "Not OK", CNN's Manu Raju tweeted.

People can contact the Senate Rules Committee at 202-224-6352. "They trying to to keep senators from being held accountable with regard to health care policy".

"I think there had been some discussions about you guys harassing us, and I hadn't done that", Shelby said.

The lack of clarity has been concerning to many reporters on Capitol Hill, who are tasked with covering some of Washington's biggest stories, from the Russian Federation investigation to health care and tax reform. But "of all the problems in America, y'all are pretty down on the chain".

The gallery directors were also told that all reporters seeking to speak to senators in the basement of the Capitol, where it is easiest to catch lawmakers on the way to votes and lunches, would have to stand in a special press pen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told HuffPost that while reporters "are kind of a pain in the ass", he didn't mind them hanging around to ask questions.

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