For a period of about four hours today, reporters were not allowed to conduct interviews with senators in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol.
The ban lasted from around 11:30am ET to 3:30pm ET, if you go by the timestamps of tweets from NBC News correspondent Kasie Hunt first revealing the ban and then the reversal. The ban reportedly prevented reporters from recording video or audio interviews without prior permission from the senator being interviewed and the Senate Rules Committee.
The move prompted widespread criticism, and the ACLU even issued a statement decrying the new restrictions. About two hours into the ban, Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby issued a statement explaining that “no additional restrictions have been put in place by the Rules Committee”, and the ban itself was suspended two hours after that.