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C-SPAN Asks Dems to Keep Talks Open

But health care negotiations begin behind closed doors
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 2:28 PM CST
C-SPAN Asks Dems to Keep Talks Open
In an image made from C-Span broadcast, Vice President Joe Biden announces the result of the final vote on the health care bill in Washington on Thursday Dec. 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/TV/CSPAN)

(Newser) – C-SPAN is begging Congress to let it record and televise the last phase of the health care bill’s journey, but Democrats seem intent on negotiating behind closed doors. C-SPAN’s CEO sent a letter to Democratic leaders asking them to open “all important negotiations” to cameras, pledging to “commit the necessary resources to covering all of the sessions LIVE in their entirety.”

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Democrats want to negotiate behind closed doors because they’re afraid Republicans would throw up procedural hurdles in a formal conference committee. But as a candidate, Obama promised to hold all such conferences in the open, “bringing all parties together and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN.” That evidently isn’t happening; the meetings began today, Robert Gibbs told Fox News. He said he hadn’t seen C-SPAN’s letter of request.
(Read more C-SPAN stories.)

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