DC Reporters Say New Restrictions Bar Them From Filming in Capitol Hallways

"We'll make our conference room a free press zone", he tweeted.

The apparent change in practice comes as the number of reporters on Capitol Hill has increased dramatically, reflecting the high stakes facing Republicans as they respond to controversies involving Trump and attempt to advance their policy agenda.

Some Republicans also pushed back against the possibility that press access may be limited.

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"The Rules Committee has made no changes to the existing rules governing press coverage on the Senate side of the Capitol complex", he said.

Republicans were already under fire for refusing to submit their proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act to public scrutiny. There are no hearings scheduled for the proposal. They plan to push for a floor vote before July 4.

The Post quoted one reporter saying, "We are one tripped senator away from losing our access". In a statement, Klobuchar said she called on Republicans "to allow reporters to do their jobs".

- The U.S. Senate issued a brief ban on journalism in its hallways on Tuesday. Maybe you can tell them there's a draft of the health-care bill inside.

"Senators shouldn't need to hide".

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse simply tweeted, "This is a bad idea".

Were Shelby to go forward with the new press restrictions, Klobuchar said she would oppose it, calling it an "assault on the First Amendment". Shelby is a staunch conservative and Trump supporter.

Multiple broadcast reporters indicated that the Republican-controlled Senate Rules Committee and building sergeant-at-arms are trying to restrict radio and TV journalists' access to senators in hallways, claiming they can not wait outside committee rooms without permission and can not film in the hallways.

As Republicans in the Senate race to draft and vote on a healthcare bill they have no intention of sharing with the public, the Senate has changed long-standing rules that will make it extremely hard for the press to interview senators in the hallways of the Capitol building.

Kevin Cirilli, chief Washington correspondent for Bloomberg TV, tweeted that he was informed that he could not stand outside the Budget Committee to interview lawmakers.

The apparent rules change comes after reports that there is an influx of reporters on Capitol Hill, creating a possibly unsafe situation. And something that would have an immediate - and negative - effect on the way reporters interact with elected officials.

"The Rules Committee has done no such thing", he said in an interview. Back in 2009, Senate committees spent more than 20 days publicly debating the President Obama's Affordable Care Act, considering more than 125 amendments and almost 80 roll call votes.

"The bottom line, as he stated repeatedly throughout the day to multiple reporters, is Sen".

Democratic lawmakers weighed in, as well.

"I've never seen anything like this".

"No hearings, no debate, no bill to look at", Warren said.

"This is coming not from us, but it is coming from Senate leadership", Dick added.

"It's not just a matter of transparency, it's a matter of including good thinking in the bill", Slavitt said.

But, he said, "As you know I'm always happy to talk to y'all". "Only 20 hours of debate".

The president also angered reporters in February, when the press corps were placed in a basement suite of Trump National Club and Spa where the windows were covered with black plastic, blocking all view of the outside.

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