Senate Bans Press from Conducting Interviews in Halls of U.S. Capitol as GOP Drafts Secret Healthcare Bill

Richard Shelby

The U.S. Senate has banned reporters from interviewing lawmakers in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, according to Think Progress:

As GOP senators draft their signature health care law in secret, refusing to share the text of the bill with the public or the media, TV reporters said they were approached in the halls by Senate staff who said they could no longer film interviews with lawmakers.

The reporters, who typically stake out members of Congress in the halls as they head to and from hearings, were not given prior notice.

NBC News’ Kasie Hunt and Marianna Sotomayor and Bloomberg TV’s Kevin Cirilli all said they were told to stop filming.

Hunt added that Senate staff said the conditions for interviewing lawmakers now include “previously granted permission from senator AND Rules Committee of Senate.”

The decision to restrict access was apparently made unilaterally by Senate Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL, pictured).

Democratic senators are objecting to the news:

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

The post Senate Bans Press from Conducting Interviews in Halls of U.S. Capitol as GOP Drafts Secret Healthcare Bill appeared first on Towleroad.

via Towleroad Gay News http://ift.tt/2rnYkXy

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s