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Viewers will see the new Congressional ID's starting today, when the House is gaveled in at 2 p.m. ET

> WASHINGTON (May 9, 2006) -- Starting today, C-SPAN is enhancing the network> '> s coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives by adding the major cities within a congressional district when a Representative is identified on-air. Previously, Representatives were identified by their party affiliation and state. New graphics will also be incorporated during coverage of House sessions, committee hearings and press conferences.
> This is the first major change in C-SPAN> '> s congressional coverage in the last decade.
> An example of the new format for identifying a House member follows:
> Rep. Marion Berry
> D-Arkansas
> Jonesboro, Cabot, Mountain Home
> The change was suggested by C-SPAN viewers who watch the network's weekly coverage of the British House of Commons, where members' local constituencies are identified.
> "> We> '> re always looking for opportunities to provide more information to viewers about what they> '> re seeing in our coverage of Congress,> "> said Paul Orgel, coordinating producer for congressional coverage at C-SPAN. > "> We reviewed the suggestion, and agreed that adding geographic details about a congressional district was a way to localize Congress and even help viewers better understand the politics within a state. These types of details may be particularly useful to our audience with the upcoming mid-term elections.> ">
> C-SPAN has offered gavel-to-gavel coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1979.
> About C-SPAN
> C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created in 1979 by America> '> s cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 89.8 million households, C-SPAN2 in 80 million households, and C-SPAN3 in more than 13 million households nationwide. For more information about C-SPAN, visit its Web site at
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