House panel votes to lift restrictions on public airing of video from Capitol, including live broadcast
— The Latest on Capitol Hill (all times local):10:30 a.m.
House Republicans are poised to approve a bill allowing people to watch live TV broadcasts of the U.S. Capitol from a television screen.
The bill, which is expected to be sent to President Donald Trump by Friday evening, will likely pass the House of Representatives and be signed by Trump.
The Senate is expected soon to approve the measure.
The House vote comes after the Senate approved a bill in January that was also blocked by a Democratic filibuster.
The Trump administration had warned of “severe economic consequences” if the bill is not approved, and the administration warned that if the Senate bill was approved it could lead to the end of federal TV broadcasting.
The measure was introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and passed by a vote of 238-212 with three Republicans voting against.
The measure would allow viewers to watch broadcasts of government buildings and government-run sites on television and digital video recorders.
A House aide said Meadows is “not going to vote for anything that jeopardizes the national security of the United States.”
The White House had argued that allowing people outside the Capitol grounds to watch the Capitol on their television sets would cause disruptions to the nation’s operations.
The White House also argued that the bill would help reduce the number of videos posted on social media.
The House bill also would allow people to have live broadcasts of Capitol events on the internet and would require that any recordings of the event be made available to the public for 10 days.
It would also prohibit the government from requiring any person to pay for the use of such live broadcasts, which would cost up to $150 per person per day.
It’s unclear if any House Republicans voted for the House version of the bill, although it appears to be on track to pass.
The full House is expected later this week.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R, Wis., said he would support the measure as long as it did not impose “any new burdens or limitations on free speech, the press, and open debate.”