The Senate deserves credit for maintaining digital audio recordings of press conferences, as well as question-and-answer sessions that are posted online along with press releases. And both chambers enable anyone to view or download legislation.
For understandable reasons, the Senate has done things on the cheap in recent years. Its efforts were sufficient to earn Freedom of Information's 2008 Sunshine Award. However, the gap between the two chambers has grown as the House has continued to advance transparency through the use of modern technology.
The House can do more, but the need for greater transparency in the Senate is more glaring. With this year's budget increase, the House appropriation is now $15,574,682 (or $154,204 per lawmaker) and the Senate budget is $12,171,789 (or $253,578 per senator). On a per-member basis, the Senate has a clear cash advantage and should use some of that money to boost transparency.
The public pays for that budget, so the people should have easy access to legislative activity.