WASHINGTON — House Democrats ended their sit-in on the floor of the House after more than 24-hours of chants and speeches advocating for stricter gun control measures.
Speaker Paul Ryan excoriated Democrats Thursday morning for disrupting the business of the House as the minority party’s sit-in to protest inaction on gun violence moved into its second day.
Some Democrats vowed to to continue their civil disobedience when the House reconvenes after its July Fourth break.
“This is something that is far beyond politics,” Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., told MSNBC on Thursday morning. “Most Democrats represent urban areas, and urban areas are particularly affected by gun violence.” Yarmuth suggested Democrats may suspend their sit-in Thursday but resume it after the recess.
Ryan told reporters Thursday that Democrats “are descending (House) into chaos — I don’t think this should be a very proud moment for democracy.” Ryan forced several quick votes in the pre-dawn hours Thursday over loud Democratic objections. He said he would prefer to have allowed debate on those measures, particualrly a funding bill to address the Zika virus, but Democrats were not interested in particiapting in real debate.
“We are not going to allow stunts like this to stop us from carrying out the people’s business,” he said. Asked if Democrats could be punished for breaking House rules banning video on the floor, Ryan said “We’re reviewing everything right now…to ensure we can bring order to this chaos.”
The extraordinary protest by more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers — led by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.,—began about 11 a.m. Wednesday, bringing legislative business to a halt and triggering a chaotic, late-night showdown as the lawmakers demanded a vote on gun control legislation.
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