Conservative leaders are calling on Kevin McCarthy to install MORE cameras in Congress

One of the country’s most prominent conservative groups joins the chorus calling on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to allow greater access to video cameras in his congress hall.

Americans across the country sat fascinated by a rare glimpse of the House floor last week as C-SPAN cameras were given expanded access as lawmakers bickered and negotiated who would hold the Speaker’s gavel over four intense days.

In a letter obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com on Thursday evening, Tea Party Patriots Action co-founder and honorary chair Jenny Beth Martin praised McCarthy for providing a “panoramic view” of the floor of the House of Representatives rather than the “static shots” of the podium allowed at the front of the chamber, as is normally the case.

“The result was a level of transparency rarely experienced at a congress. It was a smash hit with the American public,” the conservative activist wrote to McCarthy.

But turning away from previous calls in the growing movement, Martin suggested going a step further – she urged McCarthy to allow a multi-camera setup so Americans could see multiple vantage points at once and choose which to focus on .

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has now received multiple requests for expanded C-SPAN access in the House of Representatives as lawmakers on both sides introduce legislation requiring it

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has now received multiple requests for expanded C-SPAN access in the House of Representatives as lawmakers on both sides introduce legislation requiring it

“In addition to allowing C-SPAN to continue transmitting imagery from multiple new vantage points, rather than just focusing on the static footage of the podium and podium, I urge you to allow C-SPAN to live stream all images captured simultaneously.” via a website that allows its users to focus on any camera angle at any time,” wrote Martin.

A source close to McCarthy’s office pointed out to DailyMail.com that “a number of different angles and vantage points that have not traditionally been used” have been at play in the house since he rose to speakership.

Comparing the first hour of the House Rules debate at the 118th Congress to the previous two terms under Nancy Pelosi, the Republican-led majority deployed more cameras and more transitions.

Eight cameras were used in that hour, compared to seven and six for the 116th and 117th houses, respectively.

Martin’s letter argued that upgrading to a multi-cam feed “would resonate well with your majority’s appropriate focus on enhanced transparency.”

“And by making the show more interesting, I’m pretty confident that the additional camera angles would reach new and larger audiences – certainly an all-round win,” the letter ended.

During last week's contentious vote in the House of Representatives, Americans got a rare glimpse of what was happening in the chamber

During last week’s contentious vote in the House of Representatives, Americans got a rare glimpse of what was happening in the chamber

C-SPAN viewers could see Democrats and Republicans chatting during other intense deliberations over the four days (Pictured: Republican Rep. Paul Gosar speaks with Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about a year after hosting an anime had released a video in which he portrayed himself attacking her)

C-SPAN viewers could see Democrats and Republicans chatting during other intense deliberations over the four days (Pictured: Republican Rep. Paul Gosar speaks with Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about a year after hosting an anime had released a video in which he portrayed himself attacking her)

The spokesman himself has not yet commented in any way on C-SPAN’s expanded access.

McCarthy spokesman Mark Bednar told DailyMail.com on Friday morning: “We are reviewing a number of options to open up People’s House and ensure a more transparent and accessible Congress for the American people.”

It comes just days after C-SPAN executives asked the Republican speaker to install “a few extra cameras” in the House chamber so they can continue last week’s thrilling coverage of the unfolding democracy. A similar request is made at each new Congress.

“If we blended it with the existing house production, footage from our camera would allow us to create a second, journalistic product, just as we did last week,” wrote Susan Swain, co-CEO of C-SPAN.

“If ongoing daily coverage of sessions by C-SPAN is unacceptable to Congress, we ask that you at least reconsider the rules and allow C-SPAN and other independent journalists to cover important legislative sessions.”

And on Tuesday, Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz announced he would introduce a house rule change that would allow C-SPAN to maintain full coverage during regular ground procedures.

The idea has also caught on with several Democrats who — being in the minority at this convention — were further removed from the week’s intense drama.

Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan introduced similar legislation Monday, declaring that C-SPAN’s coverage of the speaker’s vote was “Oscar-worthy.”

DailyMail.com received this letter, sent Thursday from Tea Party Patriots Action co-founder and honorary chair Jenny Beth Martin

DailyMail.com received this letter, sent Thursday from Tea Party Patriots Action co-founder and honorary chair Jenny Beth Martin

The Republicans finally elected Kevin McCarthy as speaker in the early hours of January 7 after four days and 15 ballots.

As GOP leaders and 20 conservative holdouts negotiated behind closed doors to get McCarthy the gavel, Americans — most for first timers — were subjected to hours of deliberations on the House floor and bipartisan gatherings, prompting angry analysis on Twitter and on other places led the political discourse.

Post-fourteenth-round tensions, created by McCarthy marching on Gaetz, who had just derailed his bid to be speaker again, were only visible to viewers thanks to C-SPAN’s expanded access. The same goes for Gaetz’s near-confrontation with Republican Mike Rogers.

People could see progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez huddled with Republican arsonists like Paul Gosar and Matt Gaetz, much to the surprise of many watching at home on both sides.

And children sat restlessly in their seats, waiting for their weary parents to finally be sworn in – humanizing the otherwise dry formality of Washington’s lawmakers.

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Emma Colton

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