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Congress comes to YouTube

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Congressional leaders unveiled House and Senate YouTube channels on Monday in a bid to keep up with the incoming Obama administration's sophisticated use of the Internet to communicate with voters.

The new sites were rolled out in a one-minute, 43-second YouTube video announcement featuring separate appearances by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Republican Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Not the typical YouTube fare

The Congressional leaders’ video had a considerably more formal tone than the most viewed video on YouTube on Tuesday morning – a scatological cartoon about a mountain climber’s restroom woes produced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

Until now, individual members of Congress -- some 130 Representatives and 46 Senators -- had their own channels on the video sharing site, but there were no centralized YouTube locations featuring all members of either the House or the Senate.

One stop YouTube shopping for your member of Congress

The new pages -- one for the House and one for the Senate -- offer a map that allows voters to zero in on their home state and find their legislator’s YouTube channel.

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