Boehner to livestream opening day of new Congress on Facebook
January 4th, 2011
03:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Boehner to livestream opening day of new Congress on Facebook

Washington (CNN) - 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 is announcing Tuesday 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.

According to a blog post that will be posted on Boehner's website this afternoon, the incoming speaker will direct people to visit the "Pledge to America" Facebook page ( to view the transition to the GOP-controlled House.

Nick Schaper, Boehner's director of digital media, tells CNN, "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."

Those watching on Facebook will be able to offer feedback and comment on the proceedings as they happen live.

In addition to Facebook, Boehner often "tweets" out comments or announcements, but the Speaker-designate will change his Twitter name to reflect his new position. That change is not expected to happen until later Tuesday night and Boehner's staff is not releasing what his new Twitter handle will be yet.

Other top Congressional leaders are also expected to transition to new Twitter names in time for the official start of the new Congress.

According the Schaper, the chief operating officer of the House is working with the large incoming freshman class to get their new websites up and running by tomorrow. Committee and leadership websites are also expected to make the transition with new looks and new web addresses.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. sane citizen

    "So far the Republicans have been excellent at doing what Americans sent them to Washington for"

    Oh. I didn't realize that you "Americans" sent them to Washington to grandstand and play political games with the future of the rest of us "Americans". My bad. Soooo . . . yeah, they're doing a bang up job.

    January 4, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. they call me "tater salad"

    Somebody get this blubbering little girl a tissue............And an Academy Award for the acting performance........This guy is the biggest phony going.......You'd have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to not see through this farce.........Guy's a joke.......And a wussy little cry-baby fem!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. they call me "tater salad"

    Meet the new "Madam Speaker" sure as hell ain't a man! ......Wah, wah, wah, sniff, sniff!

    January 4, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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