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House Members Could Face Fines for Photos or Streaming Video

HeadlineDec 28, 2016

Members of Congress who stream video or hold sit-in protests on the House floor could suffer fines and ethics inquiries, under new rules proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan. The move comes in response to a demonstration held by Democrats in June, when lawmakers held a 25-hour vigil to call for new gun control measures in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando. When Speaker Ryan called the floor into recess, C-SPAN’s cameras went dark, prompting lawmakers to stream video of their action on social media sites. Under Ryan’s new rules, such behavior could incur fines of up to $2,500 per violation.

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