March 21, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Senate to Pass Bill Opening U.S. Supreme Court Proceedings to Television Cameras

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Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today applauding efforts in the Senate to pass legislation that would authorize U.S. Supreme Court proceedings to be televised, unless decided by a majority vote that such coverage would violate the due process rights of any party involved. Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to begin hearings on the Affordable Care Act.

“This is the right thing to do to bring more transparency to Washington. Accountability doesn’t end with Congress or the President. The lifetime appointments of government’s third branch need some real accountability too.

“Even though the Supreme Court has the power to fundamentally change the course of our country, and affect the most deeply personal aspects of our lives, the business of U.S. Supreme Court is largely done behind closed doors.

“Empowering everyday Americans with the ability to see the business of America’s highest court will help give them the voice they need to stand up to powerful special interests, and make our government more fair and honest.”