The Rules Committee, meanwhile, rejected proposals that have recently been subjects of controversy.
One by Republican Reps. Jeff Landry (La.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) and Joe Walsh (Ill.) would have asked Members to continue to “lead by example” in the campaign to cut spending by cutting MRAs by more than $63 million.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) unsuccessfully sought to have the House consider her amendment to allow commercial filming in all areas of the Capitol. Currently, permits are granted for filming only on the parcel of land on the West Front.
The Rules panel also denied consideration of a proposal by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to force the Library of Congress’ Thomas website to offer legislative information for “bulk” downloads. Transparency activists say the LOC-run website should let users access data in large chunks rather than bit by bit.
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