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C-Span Gets A New View Of Congress

Sat., Jan. 14, 1995

Congressional junkies who watch House floor proceedings on C-SPAN may have noticed their habitual viewing fare has become more visually interesting.

Until this year, the cameras tracking floor action have focused almost exclusively on whichever lawmaker was speaking at the time, cutting to the lawmaker chairing the proceedings when members finished talking.

Republicans have decided to experiment for the first 100 days. Camera operators will now attempt to capture the give and take of floor action. They can show members moving about the chamber and they have the discretion to focus on single lawmakers and groups of lawmakers who are reacting to speakers.

However, the goal will be to remain focused on the lawmaker speaking at least 80 percent of the time, according to a memo written by Tony Blankley, Speaker Newt Gingrich’s press aide.


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