When you’re a member of Congress, you’re supposed to have a personal assistant and your staff, which includes your press secretary, and an assistant.
This is the person who gets you ready to be on the floor, who helps you answer questions, and generally keeps you in line.
But in recent years, lawmakers have increasingly been taking matters into their own hands.
On the House floor, for example, there are now at least four staffers, including two assistants, working directly with members of the public.
The office of Rep. Mark Takano, a Hawaii Republican who is in charge of the House Administration Committee, employs three aides.
Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican who represents a small district, employs two aides.
But a spokesperson for Takano told Engadgets that he has not personally hired anyone to handle his press conferences.
In a statement to the Daily Dot, Miller said he has been asked to do some things for his office, including “a reporter on call who works from home for a week to interview a Congressman,” but he has “never had a staffer work directly for me.”
“I have a team of three who are all volunteers,” Miller said.
Miller is one of several members of Congress who have publicly said that their offices have been using video conferencing to help them with their press conferences, and that it is not a “one-size-fits-all” situation.
“We’ve had staffers who’ve been able to talk on their cellphones and record audio and video, and the staffs have all been able, even though it’s not a common practice, to communicate with constituents,” Rep. Jim Cooper, a Tennessee Democrat who chairs the House Government Affairs Committee, told Engd.
“I think there’s been an effort to make this a little bit more flexible and a little less expensive, and I think it’s a step in the right direction.”
Cooper also pointed out that the House of Representatives does have a number of committees that have hired staff for their offices, but it is still not a requirement.
“The Office of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. House of Representative is looking at this and looking at what are the best ways to help, but I know there are other ways to do it, and there are many ways that they could do it,” Cooper said.
“That’s a conversation that I think will continue.”
In 2016, the House also launched an initiative called the Congressional Record Access Initiative (CREI), which aims to create a public-private partnership that would allow the public to view congressional transcripts, documents, and other public documents, via a website and mobile app.
But while CREI aims to provide access to the transcripts of Congress on a public basis, the project is still in its infancy.
Rep.(R-TN) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) both took a step forward with their own efforts, unveiling a new project in 2017.
They have launched the Reporters for Public Access (REP) group, which is intended to provide free, public access to Congress transcripts, but also a website where members of congress can search for specific information about specific issues.
The website will also provide a tool for Congress members and staffers to submit questions and comments about specific topics, as well as the information about the specific issues to be discussed, according to Barton.
“This will be a public forum that we have, and hopefully it will serve as a model for other places,” Barton said.