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Reporters Banned From Interviewing Lawmakers In The Capitol Without Permission

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Reporters Banned From Interviewing Lawmakers In The Capitol Without Permission

Reporters are no longer allowed to interview and film senators in the Capitol without prior approval of the senator and the Senate Rules Committee, multiple members of the media reported Tuesday.

NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt was first to report that members of the print, television and radio media had been told they can no longer film interviews with senators without prior approval, a move which breaks years of precedent.




McclatchyDC notes:

The Capitol and congressional office buildings are home to a robust press corps that has the ability to access most of the complex. Reporters from print, television, and radio media are free to question members of the House and Senate as they move between their offices, hearings and chamber floors. TV reporters regularly conduct live interviews with senators in the hallways. Members of Congress who don’t wish to participate are free to continue walking or turn down interview requests.




The new rule comes as the Senate is working on its version of a health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Reporters took to Twitter to condemn the new rule:




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