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Gibbs Says He Hasn’t Seen C-SPAN Letter


White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he hasn’t seen C-SPAN’s letter released today to House and Senate leaders asking for a more open electronic media allowance for C-SPAN’s cameras.

Real Clear Politics’s White House reporter Mike Memoli reported on Twitter: “As Gibbs denies seeing CSPAN letter, CSPAN’s Scully watches & at times cringes in brf room.”

That would be C-SPAN’s political editor, Steve Scully.

Gibbs was asked about the letter in today’s briefing

Fox News’s Major Garrett tweeted: “Major at WH Gibbs says Obama campaign standard of CSPAN camera, round table, visible back and forth, has been met. No need for cams in H-S negs.”

The above photograph was posted by Memoli on Twitter.

>Update: House Minority Leader John Boehner backs C-SPAN request. Of course he finds a way to slam President Obama in the process. Read the release after the jump…Warning: It gets tedious after the first graph.

Boehner Endorses C-SPAN’s Request for Public Health Care Negotiations

WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is strongly endorsing a request from the head of C-SPAN that the public have full access to health care negotiations as Democratic leaders continue to indicate they will shut the American people out and write a final bill behind closed doors.

“As House Republican Leader, I can confidently state that all House Republicans strongly endorse your proposal and stand ready to work with you to make it a reality,” Boehner wrote in response to a letter C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb sent to congressional leaders. “Hard-working families wonÂ’t stand for having the future of their health care decided behind closed doors. These secret deliberations are a breeding ground for more of the kickbacks, shady deals and special-interest provisions that have become business as usual in Washington. Too much is at stake to have a final bill built on payoffs and pork-barrel spending.”

President Obama repeatedly promised on the campaign trail that health care reform negotiations would be public and broadcast on C-SPAN.

Transparency issues continue to dog Washington Democrats, who have compiled a troubling track-record of jamming through massive bills that have not been properly scrutinized. Boehner’s letter highlights the GOPÂ’s congressional transparency initiative, a series of reform measures that includes a resolution introduced by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) requiring that these health care negotiations be made open to the public.

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