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I told you earlier the House rules prevented Representatives from posting to YouTube. The Senate had reached an agreement earlier allowing the senators to post to YouTube.

Well, the House has reached an agreement too, NextGov’s Andrew Noyes reports.

Committee adopts new third-party Web site regulations [NextGov.com, 10.03.2008]

Members of the House will be permitted to use third-party Web sites like YouTube to communicate with constituents as long as the content is for official purposes, and not personal, commercial or campaign communication, according to rules adopted Thursday by the House Administration Committee.

The rules are seen by House Administration Chairman Robert Brady as a compromise between several proposals under consideration in recent months and are closely aligned with those circulated by the Senate Rules Committee last week.

One plan by Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., who chairs the commission charged with drafting the language for the Administration Committee, was slammed by Minority Leader Boehner in July as “an attack on free speech.”

House Administration ranking member Vernon Ehlers and Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Tom Price, R-Ga., drafted alternate language, which formed the basis for the changes that won committee approval. Ehlers said Brady “demonstrated outstanding leadership.”

“These new guidelines are a step in the right direction for a Congress that has been behind the technological curve for too long,” Boehner said. “By encouraging the use of emerging and established new media tools, Congress is sending the message that we want to speak to citizens, and receive feedback, in the most open and accessible manner possible.”

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Written by cdorobek

October 3, 2008 at 10:09 PM

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