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Happy 30th Birthday to Longtime NPC Partner, C-SPAN

March 19, 2009

Three decades ago today the House of Representatives went on TV for the first time, after the cable industry committed to gavel-to-gavel coverage via C-SPAN.
Less than a year later -- on Jan. 2, 1980 -- C-SPAN aired an NPC luncheon featuring Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volker and hasn't missed a luncheon since then. All NPC luncheons are aired live or, if Congress is in session, taped and aired. Some particularly interesting programs are replayed multiple times.

Happy birthday to a strong and long-standing NPC partner. And best wishes for many more years making government more accessible. Raising a glass to C-SPAN is a perfect tribute in Sunshine Week!