House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to ban live-streaming from the House floor

Remember when Democrats staged a 25-hour sit-in on the House of Representatives floor in protest of the Senate voting down gun control measures in June? Well, House Speaker Paul Ryan really doesn’t want that to happen again, or at least not for the world to see. Ryan wants to ban live-streaming from the House floor, even going so far as proposing fines and ethics violations for doing so.

Taking photos or videos from the House floor was already a no-no, but the rule was rarely upheld. When Democrats refused to leave the floor in June, many posted photos and videos of what was going on to social media. Because House Republicans called a recess, all the official cameras were shut off, so the Democrats’ posts were the only thing keeping Americans informed about the all-night sit-in. At the time, Ryan was adamant that the sit-in was just a “publicity stunt,” and now he’s hell-bent on making sure it doesn’t become a regular occurrence.

Ryan’s proposed rule would institute a $500 fine (taken from the guilty lawmaker’s paycheck) for using electronic photography, audio or visual recording, or broadcasting from the House floor. If a Congress member is found guilty more than once, the fine would jump to $2,500. “These changes will help ensure that order and decorum are preserved in the House of Representatives so lawmakers can do the people’s work,” AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for Ryan, said in a statement to Bloomberg.

The proposed rules package is clearly in response to June’s sit-in, as Republicans called for those involved to be punished somehow and Ryan himself spoke out against the protest. U.S. News reports the rule won’t be retroactive, so John Lewis and other House Democrats who led the sit-in won’t be slapped with fines, but they could be for any similar actions in the future.

Eric Swalwell, one of the Democratic members who broadcast the protest, tweeted Monday: “Dear @HouseGOP, you can fine me & @HouseDemocrats all the way to bankruptcy for #gunviolence sit-in, but we will always speak for victims.” So, Swalwell at least won’t be bullied into staying silent about issues he and his constituents care about.

The rules package including this proposed ban on live-streaming and photos will be voted on after Congress returns in January. Ryan hasn’t publicly said anything about his bright idea yet, but tweeted Tuesday, “We’re going to hit the ground running in 2017.” Boy, can’t wait.