House Democrats continued their disruptive demands for votes on gun control Tuesday, though this time the commotion lasted less than two minutes.
Less than a week after staging a near 26-hour sit-in on the House floor that garnered widespread attention, a half-dozen Democrats stood in the nearly empty chamber and loudly demanded recognition during a session held strictly for procedural business.
Despite their shouts, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who was presiding, gaveled the session to a close two minutes after it began.
The choreographed, election-year outburst was designed to continue calling attention to Democrats’ insistence on votes for bills barring people on the government’s no-fly list from getting guns and tightening background checks required for many firearms purchases.
Democrats have focused on the issue since the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando in which 49 victims died and 53 others were wounded.
In an interview that appeared Monday on WisPolitics.com, a political news service, House Speaker Paul Ryan said “we are not going to handle it the same way” if Democrats continue disorderly tactics when the House returns next week from its July 4 recess.
Ryan, R-Wis., provided no details but said: “We will not tolerate this.” He called the Democratic actions “a low moment for the people’s house.”
Last week, Ryan called the Democrats’ action a “political stunt” and criticized them for using it in fundraising appeals.
Speaking to reporters, the Democratic lawmakers stopped short of saying they would resume their sit-in next week, but would not specify what they would do. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., said that if Ryan thinks the Democrats would drop their demands, “it’s just not going to happen that way, Mr. Speaker.”
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., called the GOP’s refusal to allow a vote “a spit in the face to the American people.”
Last week, the Senate voted down four gun control measures, two from each party. It also stalled a compromise offered by moderates from both parties that would forbid guns from a modest list of terror suspects.
The chief author of that proposal, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Tuesday criticized the House Democrats’ sit-in, saying, “It made the issue partisan, and that was not helpful to our effort in the Senate.”
Democrats around the country were planning “Day of Action” events around the country on Wednesday to publicize their push, including a town hall meeting in Atlanta led by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who led last week’s House sit-in.
The Democrats’ uproar occurred after the House chaplain, Father Patrick J. Conroy, opened the day’s session with a prayer that included: “Let your spirit of peace descend upon this place, and those who work here.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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Grady Phillips says
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The democrats are like little children who, when they don’t get their own way, proceed to pout and scream, expecting others to give in to their demands. It is the entire reason our country is in such a mess….everything is out of whack…you name it. We are praying for a Republican candidate to win the WH in November, be it Donald Trump as indicated. Those democrats who insist on using their juvenile behavior to disrupt the people’s work, should be voted out by the states they are from. We are very, very tired of the no-progress past eight years we have lived through.
Richard Cunningham says
Iizaz, I agree with you but feel you got a couple of things wrong. First, there are no Democrats in our government. They are Socialists. Communists, if you will. And as far as I’m concerned those who call themselves Republicans are for the most part exactly the same as I described the so called Democrats. Look at it this way. Paul Ryan refuses to actually back the candidate we the people have said we want. He, along with Mitch McConnell led the charge to virtually give Obama a blank check when they rushed through the Budget. Then Ryan, and again, McConnell led the charge to literally screw Social Security recipients out of 19% of their pensions that they paid into all their working lives. And of course, those two traitors are most definitely not the only ones. And also, all the Republican candidates insisted that Trump sign that pledge to blindly support whoever won the Republican nomination. Now they ALL have backed down on the pledge they all insisted they adhere to. Traitors? YOU’RE DAMN RIGHT. From top to bottom.
Justin W says
Speaker Ryan shouldn’t tolerate this. I see two options for dealing with this. The first would be to have Capitol Hill police remove the demonstrators. The other idea would be to crank up the PA in the system and drown out the Democrat troublemakers.
I kind of like the Democrats’ protest. It blocks work from getting done in an election year and it makes the Democrats look like a bunch of troublemakers, which they are. It would be great if we could get the Senate Democrats to do the same thing. Four or five weeks of a Senate shutdown would give Senate Republicans cover for not dealing with the president’s Supreme Court nominee. They could blame their inaction on the Democrats.
House Republicans and their strategists need to work out a plan to use the Democrats’ demonstration against Democrat congressmen. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Now is the time to use this to increase the Republican hold on the House after the November elections.
This was only a stunt for publicity. Congress had already defeated the bills. Typical demos, throwing a tantrum because they aren’t getting their way.
Thank you pretty,
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Robert Frost says
I know the good American people in this Country will vote for Trump. I just hope there are enough good Americans to elect him.
We American People need to remember that the Media tells us ONLY what they want us to know.
WE must make America great again, Thousands gave their lives for our American Rights and Freedom and we are giving it away everyday. Is it because we don’t know any better or is it because we don’t care? If we care, we better vote for Trump.
Make America Great Again.