NY Mag - Paul Ryan introduced a new package of rules on Tuesday that would punish lawmakers for taking pictures and videos of procedures on the House floor. While the Speaker claimed that the new rules “will help ensure that order and decorum are preserved in the House of Representatives so lawmakers can do the people’s work,” his move is widely seen as a response to a sit-in in June orchestrated by House Democrats protesting Republicans’ refusal to bring a gun-control bill to the floor.
During the 25-hour sit-in Republicans managed to turn the television cameras in the House — which routinely broadcast the floor’s daily business — off. Democrats then turned to livestreaming apps like Periscope, filming the protest on their phones. The livestreams were subsequently picked up and broadcast by CSPAN in lieu of their usual coverage.