House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ( D-CA- 8 ) announced yesterday a new Web site launched by the Clerk of the House, HouseLive.gov, which offers streaming and downloadable video feeds of all House floor proceedings. The site features live video and a searchable archive for the 111th Congress, indexed along with the legislative floor proceeding summary so that users can more easily find specific video segments. The Web site also includes a section where you can view video of special events, including joint meetings and joint sessions, such as the State of the Union.
The site also offers audio and video RSS feeds and allows you to create your own custom RSS feed by keyword. These tools are exciting features that will greatly enhance the usefulness of the video streaming.
While improvements could be made to improve searching and integration of the text with the video, this is a positive step forward in bringing greater sunshine to the workings of the House.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]