By Agri-Pulse Staff

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Washington, Jan. 4 – For Wednesday's kickoff session of the 112th Congress, House Republicans will live stream the event – including the swearing-in ceremony and remarks by Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH). You'll find it all on the “Pledge to America” Facebook page. The House will convene and the stream will go live at noon eastern time.

 House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH). Photo: Agri-Pulse.

This is the first time an opening session of Congress has been broadcast live on Facebook where visitors can interact and discuss the event with others, and offer feedback directly to elected representatives.

Bolstered by their 63-seat gain, the new Republican House majority has pledged to change the way Congress works, saying they will “lead by listening to and reflecting the will of the American people.” Together with new rules demanding new levels of online disclosure and transparency, including requirements that all bills are published online at least three days before a vote and that committees broadcast their hearings online, Republicans are calling their opening session broadcast over Facebook “another example of the new majority’s commitment to making Congress more open and accountable, and to finding new ways to connect with citizens online and off.”

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