Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking Republican Charles Grassley are asking the Supreme Court to allow live television coverage when it delivers its ruling on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce its ruling on President Obama’s healthcare legislation later this month, presumably on the 25th or the 28th. A coalition of media organizations — including the major television networks, Politico and The New York Times — joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom to ask that the court allow live audio and video coverage of the announcement of its decision.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-7 to allow TV coverage of Supreme Court proceedings. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), has a long way to go to become a law — it still awaits a markup date in the House of Representatives.
Bipartisan proponents say decisions on abortion, death penalty, health care need greater transparency.
Justices are expected to reject a request to allow live television coverage of the challenge to the healthcare law, but it is hard to say why.