By Bernie Becker - 01/05/11 10:32 PM EST
Got some spare time on your hands?
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced Wednesday that every hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee dating back to 2009 would be made available on YouTube — in broadcast-quality, no less.
In a YouTube video of his own, Issa, the incoming chairman of the oversight panel, said the move was a logical step to increase government transparency, a vow House Republicans made in their Pledge to America.
“My mission is to shape a government where you can see — hassle-free — what Washington actually does with your money,” Issa said.
In a release, Rep. John Boehner, the new House Speaker, said making the hearings available was a “significant step” in reforming and rebuilding the public’s trust in Congress.
The release also said high-definition video of future hearings would also be placed online.
The YouTube page is currently operational and also includes some hearings that were held as far back as a decade ago. Seamus Kraft, an Issa spokesman, said hundreds of hearings were being placed on the YouTube page, a process he thought should be finished Friday.