Dreier orders cameras for Rules Committee hearing room

Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), now the presumptive chairman of the Rules Committee, directed the House's chief administrative officer on Friday to begin installing cameras in the committee's hearing room.

"Given the important nature of our work, my Republican Rules Committee colleagues and I have repeatedly requested that the majority undertake the installation of cameras in the Rules Committee hearing room to the end that we begin webcasting our proceedings," he wrote in a letter to House CAO Dan Strodel.

The letter emphasized the GOP's interest in "genuine openness and transparency" and noted that aside from the ethics and Intelligence committees, the Rules Committee is the only such body without cameras.

Dreier, as ranking Republican on the committee, had unsuccessfully petitioned for cameras during the healthcare debate this spring.

"The American people get it — process is substance," he said in a statement in March. "With the Democratic majority poised to turn the rules of the House on their head just to get their government takeover of healthcare through, we need cameras there to record it."