This bill — known as the Free Press Act of 2017 — would require the president to provide the White House Press Corps with at least two video recorded press briefings regarding the president's official business per week. It wouldn’t require the president to personally brief the press, so a press secretary could handle it.
What is House Bill H.R. 3228?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 3228
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) introduced this bill to mandate video recorded press briefings in response to the White House limiting press briefings to off-camera sessions and embargoing the recordings until the briefing concluded:
“President Trump has displayed an overtly hostile attitude toward the press since the early days of the presidential campaign. This simple bill achieves two important goals. First, it ensures that the press briefings will continue on a regular schedule. Second, it guarantees the American people have access to the proceedings first hand. A free and independent press is essential to the survival of a functioning democracy. The media’s role is to ask the tough questions on behalf of the American public and work to hold our leaders accountable. I hope this bill helps push back on the efforts of this, or any, administration to suppress this necessary reporting.”
This bill has the support of one Democratic cosponsor in the House, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
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Free Press Act of 2017
To require the President to provide frequent press briefings covering the official business of the President to the White House press corps.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Oversight and ReformIntroducedJuly 13th, 2017
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