Congressional journalists are objecting to potential violations of House rules after multiple lawmakers tweeted photos of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressing a joint session of Congress.

At least six representatives posted photos of Poroshenko's speech, much to the ire of members of the media who say they are barred from doing the same:


Section 17 of the House rules state: “A person on the floor of the House may not smoke or use a mobile electronic device that impairs decorum.”

In 2011, the new House Republican majority said that members could use tablet computers on the floor without violating that rule, but did not soften the stance on mobile phones.

Lawmakers regularly tweet on their official Twitter accounts while Congress is in session, but the photos prove that they are taking pictures from the floor as well.

Reporters covering Congress must leave their phones outside both the House and Senate before they enter press galleries to watch proceedings.


Here are some of the offending tweets: