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Boehner Taps Facebook, Web in New Congress

Riding into office on the wave of a populist support and frustration with government spending, the new House Republican majority is turning to the Web in a big way.

Beginning with the symbolic gesture of streaming the opening session on Facebook, incoming Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders are planning to boost their online presence and bring the legislative debate in front of the public view. That starts with an effort to revise the House rules to require all hearings to be streamed on the Web, and to post all bills online three days ahead of a vote. Datamation takes a look.


Every two years, a new session of Congress begins flush with promises and renewed legislative vigor. This year, the 112th Congress dawns with a new House majority for Republicans, who are vowing to refocus on cutting government spending, create jobs and undo much of President Obama's accomplishments of the past two years.

And you won't need C-SPAN to watch it all unfold.

On Wednesday, House Republicans will stream the opening session of the 112th Congress on their Pledge to America Facebook page, a move that GOP leaders are billing as a down payment on a new era of governing in the public eye through Web-enabled technology.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Boehner, GOP to Stream Opening Session on Facebook