By Michael O’Brien, The Hill
At least one lawmaker used the new rules in the House to tweet from the House’s floor.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) sent dispatches from the House floor, taking advantage of new rules — which, at that point, had not yet been approved — allowing members to use BlackBerrys and other electronic devices in the chamber.
Ros-Lehtinen dispatched several tweets, one of which included a photo, proving that she was tweeting from the floor:
- Speaker Pelosi hands over the gavel to Speaker Boehner: hurrah!!! http://yfrog.com/h096367147j
The Republican-led change in rules lifted a previous ban on the use of electronic devices on the floor. The rules change would allow lawmakers to use a BlackBerry, iPod, iPhone or other device while sitting in the chamber, as long as they don’t “impair decorum.” This likely means that phone calls from the floor wouldn’t be permitted.
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