The drama of McCarthy’s Election May Lead to More Cameras on the House Floor

The article discusses the current state of cameras on the House floor in the US Congress and the calls for increased camera coverage for transparency purposes. The recent drama surrounding the election of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy brought an increased visibility of government-controlled cameras, but they were not as effective as C-SPAN’s camera operated by a journalist. The positive feedback for C-SPAN’s coverage has led to calls for increased camera coverage, but some members of Congress fear that more cameras may promote performing rather than legislating.



The election of Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker saw an increased visibility of government-controlled cameras. However, this camera was less effective than the C-SPAN camera operated by a journalist. This has prompted calls for more available cameras in the interest of transparency. McCarthy’s office has indicated that changes may be forthcoming, and there has been some movement in this direction.

The Current State of Cameras on the House Floor

For almost 44 years, little has changed in how the public sees the House sessions. Lawmakers who come to the front to speak are shown, but little else. The exceptions are when other cameras are allowed, such as during the State of the Union.

The positive feedback from both sides of the aisle for C-SPAN’s coverage has led to calls for increased camera coverage on the House floor. Unfortunately, the co-sponsors of Democratic Representative Mark Pocan’s resolution supporting C-SPAN’s bid for cameras are all Democrats, which gives them little sway with McCarthy, a Republican. However, there has been some GOP support for the concept.

What the Public Saw During the McCarthy Drama

The increased visibility that week in January was since, technically, there was no speaker at that time. Instead, outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi consented to three C-SPAN cameras.

The increased camera coverage also offered other insights, such as when Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Paul Gosar had a conversation. However, whether C-SPAN will get its cameras installed in the gallery overlooking the House floor remains to be seen.

Will More Cameras Mean More Transparency?

It is still being determined whether more cameras will result in more transparency. Some members of Congress fear that more cameras may promote performing rather than legislating. Additionally, some rank-and-file members may be more resistant than leading to the installation of cameras. They see the House floor as a place to get to know colleagues they might not normally spend time with, and cameras may inhibit that.

The Future of Cameras on the House Floor

McCarthy’s office may move cautiously on this issue, as once something is given, it is difficult to take it back. They have to ensure they are comfortable with the access being granted. Regardless of the outcome, cameras mustn’t be kept away for the wrong reasons, such as the risk of a representative catching dozing on the job. While there may be some resistance to more cameras, there has been a tangible movement in that direction. The future may see more transparency and increased access for the American people.


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