C-SPAN to Air Remote Statements From House Members For First Time

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C-SPAN agreed to air statements on a $2 trillion stimulus and aid package from members of Congress who are unable to be in Washington due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the first time that the network, a private nonprofit company created by cable networks in 1979 to capture full proceedings of the federal government, will air “brief video statements” on legislation from House members not physically in Washington, D.C. Members can use the opportunity to explain “their positions on the emergency Coronavirus relief legislation.”

A House vote on the historically large relief package, which passed in the Senate late Wednesday, is expected on Friday.

Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made the special request, and the network will coordinate with leaders from both parties to process the videos, which are expected to be aired the week of Mar. 30.

“In addition to airing on C-SPAN television and radio, the videos will be streamed at C-SPAN.org and archived in C-SPAN’s online video library, creating a permanent historical record of legislators’ positions on the Cares Act Coronavirus relief legislation at a time when the House has been hampered from gathering in person,” a Thursday C-SPAN statement read.

Though their public statements may be recorded, the members not in Washington will not be able to vote on the relief package.