As the “Lame Duck” session of Congress draws to a close and we welcome in the 112th Session of Congress, the new Republican Majority of the United States House of Representatives will seek to overturn a long standing rule that there are no cell phones, smartphones, PDA’s, or Tablets allowed on the House Floor.
According to the new Speaker of the House John Boehner:
“Mr. Boehner [Speaker of the House] has deep respect for the institution and its traditions. This is not free license to Skype or pay bills online. But we recognize that people consume information electronically these days. It’s just silly that the House wouldn’t accommodate that.”
I think there are a lot of merits to having technology included on the House Floor than upholding the tradition of the House of Representatives. It is not hard to spot technology in the White House either as President Obama was reported as huge fan of his BlackBerry and is regularly seen with a device in his hand as he exits Air Force One.
So do you think this is a good idea? Or do you think this is a way for our elected officials to look busy while supposedly working but really playing Angry Birds?