iPad Users Unite… in Congress

Photo: Glenn Fleishman

Think your congressman can’t turn on a computer?

Think again. He may have an iPad, and now, he wants to bring it to the House floor with him.

The incoming group of legislators – full of gadget geeks and tech lovers – will soon take their seats in the 112th Congress and discover that the historic wooden desks are not outfitted with Ethernet cords or, even, the friendliest of tech policies.

It’s all the more reason the incoming class of Republican lawmakers could yet bring the historic body into the 21st century, Politico reports.

Proposed changes include allowing Congress members to use electronics from the House floor and allowing more access from C-SPAN cameras, which currently are tethered to single, stationary views of the chamber.

There are no set guidelines on iPad use in the Congress, however, there a blanket ban on using electronics on the floor, which many techies find stifling.

Among congressional iPad lovers, one of the most high-profile is Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who toted his gadget with him to the speaker’s podium a few weeks ago, where it made a cameo appearance on – none other than – C-SPAN.

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