House to Bring in Big-Screen TVs for Tuesday’s Vote

Posted August 5, 2010 at 1:35pm

The House will be bringing in big-screen televisions Tuesday so Members can confirm their votes, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. The Architect of the Capitol had already started construction to update the House chamber’s voting board when the California Democrat announced that Representatives would be called back from recess.

The House’s 30-year-old displays, which show each Member’s name and a red or green dot representing a “yea” or “nay” vote, will be replaced by new LED panels, similar to the summary displays that reflect the total vote tally on each side of the chamber, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill confirmed in an e-mail.

The new technology is more energy-efficient, dependable and readable, Hammill said.

But since construction workers were already hammering away on newly installed scaffolding Thursday afternoon, four 50-inch televisions, borrowed from the CVC, will be brought in on Tuesday, when the House reconvenes to vote on a $26 billion package of aid to states.

Hammill said the move will not cost taxpayers any extra money.

Eva Malecki, spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol, said Monday’s pro forma session and Tuesday’s vote won’t delay construction of the voting board.