July 2, 2014 •
Lawmakers ended a special session shortly after midnight on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The House and Senate gave approval to a package of bills regarding teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding, and limits on lottery monitor games. Photo of Arkansas […]
Lawmakers ended a special session shortly after midnight on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The House and Senate gave approval to a package of bills regarding teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding, and limits on lottery monitor games.
Photo of Arkansas State Capitol Building by Stuart Seeger on Wikimedia Commons.
January 4, 2013 •
the First Televised House Proceedings
It’s Friday again and Highlighted Site of the Week has a special edition for you. This week, we honor the anniversary of the first televised broadcast of the U.S. House proceedings, which took place on January 3, 1947.
The first feature is the Historical Highlights page from the U.S. House of Representatives’ History, Art & Archives site. We also have the U.S. Congress and Television page from The Museum of Broadcasting Communications.
On the Archives website, you will find information about what happened during the proceedings. According to the site:
“The first live television broadcast from the House Chamber occurred during the opening session of the 80th Congress (1947–1949). The two-hour broadcast appeared on a local television station and was transmitted to Philadelphia and New York. The broadcast captured the ritual of opening day ceremonies and concluded after Speaker Joseph Martin’s opening address.”
On the Museum site it will give you more in depth details about the congress and their televised proceedings.
If you would like to see videos from the history of the Office of the Clerk, take a look at their YouTube Channel.
Thanks for reading and we will see you next time!
October 12, 2011 •
Commissioners to Appear
The Committee on House Administration’s Subcommittee on Elections has designated the scheduled meeting “Federal Election Commission: Reviewing Policies, Processes and Procedures.”
Among its other election-related duties, the Subcommittee on Elections oversees the FEC.
October 7, 2011 •
On this day in 1918, the U.S. House public galleries were closed because of the outbreak of the Spanish flu pandemic.
Each week the U.S. House Office of the Clerk gives “Historical Highlights” and today it remembers how 93 years ago the country was facing a flu pandemic. The House and Senate decided to close the public galleries.
The Office of the Clerk gives us an idea of the scope the problem: “According to some modern estimates, more than 50 million persons perished worldwide in the 1918–1919 outbreak; most sources attribute 500,000 or more deaths in the U.S. alone to the Spanish flu. Washington, D.C., swelled by an influx of government workers during the First World War, was particularly hard hit.”
They reported that there were 400 deaths in D.C. during the second week of October, and 730 deaths the week after that. A number of House members were absent from the session and action had to be taken.
U. S. Rep. Henry Rainey (D-Ill.) said, “Mr. Speaker, it is matter of common knowledge that an epidemic of alarming proportions is prevailing throughout the country. … Out of an abundant precaution the Senate has ordered the galleries closed, which action, I understand, meets with the approval of the medical authorities, and so I ask unanimous consent that the Speaker be instructed to close the galleries of this House until further action shall be taken by the House.”
The motion was approved without objection, and the House and Senate galleries were closed and were not reopened until November 4.
August 15, 2011 •
House of Representives possibly to move to a Unified Communications System
According to an article posted on NextGov.com, The House of Representatives wants to migrate its separate voice and data communications systems to a single unified communications system, which eventually also could support voice and videoconferencing and instant messaging on an integrated Internet protocol network.
To learn more about what more would be involved in this conversion to such a communications system, read “House Eyes Move to VoIP Phone System” written by Bob Brewin.