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15 January 2010

Legislators Introduce Resolution Urging C-SPAN Cameras Into Health Care Talks

Thursday, a group of legislators led by state Representative Jeff May (R - Monroe) introduced a resolution calling on congressional leaders to fulfill the request of C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb that would allow cameras into the final health care bill negotiations.

House Resolution 1114 cites a campaign pledge by President Obama to create the most open, honest and transparent government in history; and "urges Congressional leaders to allow Georgians to view the final discussions on health reform on C-SPAN and other electronic media outlets."

With this resolution, State Representative May becomes the latest in a long line of Georgia lawmakers who have sided with C-SPAN's request for transparency in government.

Many in the state's congressional delegation, including Tom Price and Lynn Westmoreland, have asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Harry Reid to let the sunshine in to the final health care talks. Pelosi dismissed the request saying, "There has never been a more open process for any legislation in anyone who’s served here’s experience." [Fox News (2010-1-5). C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage. Fox News Channel. Retrieved on 2010-1-15.]

Pelosi (D - California) issued a statement Thursday promising to post the final health care bill online seventy-two hours before a vote on the House floor.

"The House Democratic Leadership is committed to having the final health insurance reform legislation online for 72 hours before the House votes, for all Members and the American people to review," Pelosi said. "We will continue the transparent process this landmark legislation has had for months."