Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) says that majority Democrats in the House are clamping down on Republican lawmakers’ freedom to communicate with constituents in their home districts, according to a video interview with Washington News Observer.
“Once the government is permitted to curtail free speech at any level then the door is open and we should be worried a lot about where that could go,” Carter said.
As KBTX reported,
The Republican representing Texas’ 31st District says last month, he had set up a telephonic conference call to his constituents, a free service run through what’s known as the Franking Commission which provides free communication to citizens.
When callers dial in, they hear a message from the representative stating what the subject is, but that message has to be approved by the Franking Commission.
Congressman Carter’s call last month was on healthcare, and he says his introduction included the phrase, “House Democrats unveiled a government-run health care plan.” Carter says Democrats on the Franking Commission refused to allow Carter’s call to take place unless the phrase was changed to “the House majority unveiled a public option health care plan.”
Carter says he’s found 24 other representatives who have had language in their statements held up by Democrats. […]
Here is the WNO’s video of Carter: