- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

Several lawmakers snapped photos during Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s speech Thursday morning and posted them to Twitter, despite a rule banning photographs on the House floor.

The photos violate House Rule XVII, Clause 5: “A person on the floor of the House may not smoke or use a mobile electronic device that impairs decorum.”

Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, announced in 2011 that cell phones and computers were the devices that impaired decorum and couldn’t be used on the floor. While he said that tablets were OK, the rules still say that “no device may be used for still photography or for audio or video recording.”

At least seven lawmakers posted photos of the speech: Rep. Erik Paulsen, Minnesota Republican; Rep. John Shimkus, Illinois Republican; Rep. Janice Hahn, California Democrat; Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island Democrat; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Democrat; Rep. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota Republican; and Rep. Judy Chu, California Democrat.

As of 11 a.m., only Ms. Gabbard’s account had deleted the tweet.



The photos come just a day after Rep. Steve Stockman, Texas Republican, took a photo on the floor Wednesday and posted it after the “historic vote to #AuditTheFed,” the tweet said.

A source confirmed to Roll Call that the photo was a violation of the rules, but it was unclear if Mr. Stockman would face disciplinary action.

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