The unofficial leader out of the gate was Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who snapped a pic as members prepared to welcome the pontiff.
Another Kansas Republican, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, was the first Catholic to tweet a photo. He captured a shot of Francis as he looked on from the House rostrum.
#PopeInDC pic.twitter.com/iO7xHO0xD6 — Cong. Tim Huelskamp (@CongHuelskamp) September 24, 2015
Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada was the first Democrat to tweet an image of the pope.
And a short time later, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., and Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., joined the party.
My view on the House Floor listening to @Pontifex's speech. Wise words from Pope Francis. #PopeinDC. pic.twitter.com/m8dFs3oFN4 — Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) September 24, 2015
“A person on the floor of the House may not smoke or use a mobile electronic device that impairs decorum,” states part of Rule 17, Clause 5.
In January 2011, Speaker John A. Boehner , R-Ohio, gave the OK to electronic tablet devices as long as they are used “unobtrusively.” However, the ban on using devices for still photography, audio or video recording still stands.
Senators are subject to all House rules on decorum when on the House floor. It's up to the speaker to enforce those rules.
Hannah Hess contributed to this report.
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