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Paul Ryan Wants To Prohibit Video During House Sit-In As He Gets Ready To Gut Medicare And Social Security

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Paul Ryan Wants To Prohibit Video During House Sit-In As He Gets Ready To Gut Medicare And Social Security

Republicans are sneaky little people aren’t they? House Republicans recently proposed new rules that will fine anyone taking a photo or video inside the House chamber as an attempt to keep protests from Democrats quiet.

Shortly Following the Pulse nightclub shooting, House Democrats planned a sit-in for 24 hours within the House chamber wanting moderate gun control reform. Usually CSPAN records the proceedings within the House chamber, but this time the cameras were shut down by House Republicans once the sit-in began. This wasn’t going to stop Democrats from showing what was going on inside the chamber, so they started live streaming from their cellphones.

Now with these new rules in place, photographing and videotaping will be shut down with a fine. The first offense will result in a $500 fine, then a $2,500 if it happens again.

A spokeswoman for Paul Ryan said “These changes will help ensure that order and decorum are preserved in the House of Representatives so lawmakers can do the people’s work.”

Since 2011 House Speaker Paul Ryan has stated his plans to turn Medicare into a voucher system for private health insurance plans. He also said that he wants to make changes to Social Security that will cut benefits for retirees by increasing the cost of living, as well as raising the age to be eligible for both programs.

Ryan would use budget recognition to make the cuts nearly impossible to block by Democratic House members. This move will most likely incite protests on the House floor as it did during the gun violence sit-it.

Democrats are saying “bring it on.”

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