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Get the cameras into the House Rules Committee hearing room Updated

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 16, 2010 02:27 PM

Democrats lied, transparency died — and GOP Rep. David Dreier and other Republicans to resurrect it as the Obamacare shell bill heads to the House Rules Committee and the backroom deals and surreptitious favor-stuffing begins:

Dreier Calls for Cameras in Rules Committee Hearing Room for Healthcare Debate

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Dreier (R-San Dimas, CA), House Rules Committee Ranking Republican, is joining his Republican colleagues today in calling for an open and transparent process when the Rules Committee considers healthcare reform, including the presence of cameras so that the American people can see what kind of procedural gimmicks are being employed there.

“We’ve been asking for months for cameras to be installed in the Rules Committee hearing room and now the American people understand why it’s so necessary,” Dreier said. “With proposals like the Slaughter Solution being embraced by Speaker Pelosi, the American people now understand, the Rules Committee is being used to manipulate the process to avoid accountability and transparency. If the Majority is going to insist on hiding votes on bills behind rules, the least they could do is let the American people watch the action.”

Dreier is a co-sponsor of H.Res. 869, a resolution sponsored by Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) calling on the Chief Administrative Officer to install cameras in the hearing room of the Committee on Rules and to coordinate with the Committee to record and broadcast its proceedings.

Dreier said the proposed strategy to “deem and pass” the unwanted Senate healthcare bill without an actual up or down vote has clearly been the tipping point for millions of Americans. “The American people get it – process is substance. 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.”

Contact the House Rules Cmte. Sunlight is the best disinfectant:

House Committee on Rules
H-312 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-9091

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Update: Multiple readers telling me that CSPAN cameras will cover House Rules Committee hearing.

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