The U.S. Supreme Court is facing mounting, bipartisan calls to televise the historic oral arguments over the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined the call on Wednesday for justices to allow for cameras inside the high court's chamber for the arguments, which are slated for sometime early next year.
"When the Affordable Care Act is placed before the highest court in our country, all Americans will have a stake in the debate; therefore, all Americans should have access to it," the top House Democrat said in a statement. "Openness and transparency are essential to the success of our democracy, and in this historic debate, we must ensure the ability of our citizens to take part."
Pelosi joins in the fight with a somewhat unlikely ally: Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley wrote on Tuesday to urge the court to televise the arguments. Grassley opposes the law, while Pelosi was one of its foremost proponents.
C-SPAN, the public affiars network that has pushed repeatedly for the court to open up its arguments to cameras, also wrote Chief Justice John Roberts to urge for a special dispensation in this case.
Still, there's not any indication that the court will relent to any pressure, even for the unusual five-and-a-half hours in scheduled arguments. The court just last year allowed the release of audio recordings of oral arguments at the end of each week.