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House to Codify Guidelines for Virtual Town Halls
Measure would provide spending guidance on joint events

Members wishing to conduct joint virtual town halls will get some guidance from legislation set for approval by the House Administration Committee. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New rules are coming to the House for members hosting virtual town hall meetings with constituents back in their districts.

The House Administration Committee takes up a resolution Wednesday that will codify regulations for lawmakers teaming up to do joint town hall meetings on the internet.

Bye Bye, BlackBerry
Mixed emotions for Senate staffers over end of the BlackBerry era

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter checks his BlackBerry on his way into the Capitol in 2012. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The news that BlackBerry use in the Senate will be discontinued is either the best news or worst news of the year for staffers.  

Offices received a notice from the Senate sergeant-at-arms at the end of June saying that BlackBerry had informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices had been discontinued.