Nation: Hill Reform

Opened doors, closed mouths

Time-honored procedures change slowly in the U.S. Congress, but last week there were notable, if unrevolutionary, reforms in each chamber:

TV in the House. The business under discussion was about as trivial as it could be. Congressmen were passing a resolution urging the Merchant Marine to select an official march for the first time. Nevertheless, the 23-minute session was historic. It was taped by an elaborate $1.2 million complex of television equipment from a control room in a subbasement of the Capitol.

The experiment was designed to see if televising sessions of the House was feasible. Since the program has...

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