A pair of bipartisan lawmakers on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to let television cameras broadcast their proceedings for the first time when they hear arguments next year about President Obama’s landmark health care law.

The Supreme Court on Monday announced it will hear five-and-a-half hours of oral arguments on the health care overhaul’s constitutionality in March, reviving the health reform debate just months before the 2012 elections.

Given the implications of the case, the court should consider providing live audio and video coverage of the proceedings, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa wrote in a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday.

“The constitutional questions presented in the case are momentous,” Grassley wrote. “The public has a right to witness the legal arguments likely to be presented in the case.”

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