Boehner to livestream opening day of new Congress on Facebook
January 4th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Boehner to livestream opening day of new Congress on Facebook

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants all his friends to see him get sworn in on Wednesday - Facebook friends that is.

For the first time ever, Congress will be broadcast live on Facebook. Boehner announced that beginning at noon on Wednesday, people can go on the popular social media website for live coverage of the first day's floor proceedings and his first speech as Speaker of the House.

The incoming speaker will direct people to visit the "Pledge to America" Facebook page to view the transition to the GOP-controlled House.

"This kind of streaming and real-time interaction is not only unprecedented for the House, it's helping to set the tone for a new majority that will continue to find new ways to listen to and better represent the American people," said Nick Schaper, Boehner's director of digital media.

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  1. Mmmmm

    Oh look how sweet, our wuttle snookum boopkin, House Speaker Crybaby, vying for motherly attention again!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Samsta

    Have some of this tea from the tea party of clansman

    January 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Samsta

    Detox call detox please detoxify me of this poisonist tea tree

    January 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    He reminds me of a Nazi hater of anything that's not white and rich....oh i'm sorry..that's the republican party...get ready all...we gonna get screwed now that the republicans are in charge of the congress...

    January 5, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. hsr0601

    1. By default, every criticism needs to come with the alterative.
    Under the broken system below,

    (a) Inaction cost, $9trillion over the next decade, ((Some of CBO analysis : While the costs of the financial bailouts and economic stimulus bills are staggering, they are only a fraction of the coming costs from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that each year Medicaid will expand by 7 percent, Medicare by 6 percent, and Social Security by 5 percent. These programs face a 75-year shortfall of $43 trillion–60 times greater than the gross cost of the $700 billion TARP financial bailout)).

    Under the previous broken system, health costs will skyrocket, leading to more personal, corporate, and governmental bankruptcy.

    (b) The insurers set up a monopoly via consolidation violating an anti-trust law.

    (c) The biggest 10 healthcare providers are driven mostly to please Wall Street and must show growing profits every three months in their reports to wall Street or their stocks values go down. So healthcare prices climb at an unreasonable rate at the expense of everyone involved.

    Can the reps show me the best possible breakthrough ? Just return to the failed Bush policy based on trickle-down economics ? :

    "If the rich aren't getting richer neither are the poor! The wealthy create companies and jobs; the more they have the more they can spend and that eventually filters down to the rest of us."

    If so, can you explain to me why the U.S. economy was on the brink of complete collapse just like Lehman Brothers in 2008 ?

    And the reps claimed earlier : Are you listening to people ?

    (a) The vast majority of the PEOPLE wanted the public option that the House passed and a majority of the Senate favored, but it couldn't get past the Republican filibuster.

    (b) The biggest concern about the economy is a job market, (according to CNN polling, voters said that unemployment is roughly twice as important as all other top issues combined.)

    Can the reps also explain to me why they aren't listening to people ?

    Looks as if the reps are set to drag the U.S. economy into another failed Bush era via the ransom deal, repeal of ACA.
    ( Looks as if the reps are Glorifying the culture of corruption as the trickle-down economics )

    January 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mjb

    Someone needs to inform Mr. Boehner that not everyone is on Facebook or Twitter! Maybe that could be one of his cost-saving measures–provide a tax break for people to pay for access to Facebook. He must be able to afford it, unlike many of Americans who don't even have their own computers–or a home in which to keep their computer.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |