House to live-stream committee proceedings

The House is now offering live video streaming of committee proceedings online through the Library of Congress.

The Committee on House Administration announced on Thursday that the live webcasts would be available at

The Library of Congress also will archive previous committee proceedings, which the panel said would create the first “one-stop shop for House committee video content.”

{mosads}“These videos, now available to the public in one centralized location, will allow constituents to quickly access House committee proceedings,” wrote Administration Committee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) in a Thursday statement.

“Our democracy is strengthened through transparency and an open congressional process,” he added. “I want to thank each of our committees, the House Recording Studio, and especially the Library of Congress for working collaboratively to achieve this important milestone, and I look forward to working with each entity to further increase legislative transparency.”

Live video streaming is the latest effort the House has made to improve transparency.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) last spring directed House Clerk Karen Haas to work with the Administration panel to establish electronic data standards for the House to make information more easily accessible to the public.

“At the start of the 112th Congress, the House adopted a Rules Package that identified electronic documents as a priority for the institution,” wrote Boehner and Cantor in an April 29 letter to Haas.

“Towards that end, we are asking all House stakeholders to work together on publicly releasing the House’s legislative data in machine-readable formats.”

“The new House Majority is dedicated to changing how our institution operates, with an emphasis on real transparency and greater accountability,” they added. “Ultimately, legislative data is the property of the American public. It is our hope that these reforms will continue to rebuild the trust between Congress and the people we serve.”

In January, the Committee on House Administration and the clerk of the House launched a centralized website for House documents. The site provides all legislation to be considered by the House in XML, an open, machine-readable format.

Later that same week, the Administration Committee collaborated with the LOC and the Government Printing Office to introduce an iPad application for the Congressional Record in an effort to reduce unnecessary printing and wasteful spending.

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