It looks like the Committee on House Administration has made it ok for House members to do what many had been doing already anyways, use outside websites like Twitter and YouTube to communicate with constituents.
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Thursday, October 2, 2008 *FOR MORE INFORMATION,
Contact * Salley Collins, Press Secretary
(202) 225-8281 E-mail: salley.coll…@mail.house.gov
*Press Release:** * * * *Committee Adopts New Web Regulations * * *
*Committee on House Administration Adopts Proposal Permitting Members to Utilize * *Outside Websites to Communicate with Constituents * * * *WASHINGTON – *The Committee on House Administration adopted new web regulations that will permit Members to use outside websites like YouTube to communicate with constituents. The new regulations, which are based upon a proposal presented in June by GOP Members of the Committee, represent a vital step to providing new, uncensored channels of communication between Members of Congress and their constituents. The new web regulations, which were adopted via Committee poll, permit Members to post content on outside websites so long as the content is for “official purposes,” and not personal, commercial or campaign related. Ranking Republican Vern Ehlers, R-Mich., applauded Committee Chairman Robert Brady, D-Pa., for his leadership and ability to achieve policy agreements in a nonpartisan fashion. “Mr. Brady recognized the need to allow enhanced constituent communication, and demonstrated outstanding leadership that enabled this Committee to adopt a long-overdue change,” Ehlers stated. “It is imperative that Members have the ability to use whichever web services they feel will best inform their constituents about the important issues facing this country.” * * For more information, please contact the Committee press office at (202) 225-8281. * *