Recess is over.
Nearly two weeks after House Democrats staged a historic sit-in calling for action on gun control legislation, they are returning to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to pick up where they left off.
Now Democrats in the Congressional Black Caucus are calling on members “to be as disruptive” as possible to House Speaker Paul Ryan when he takes the floor to propose a gun control measure that would create a process to prevent people on no-fly lists from buying guns – a bill that many Democrats view as an empty gesture.
The Washington Examiner obtained a memo that leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus sent to Democratic offices last week, which stated, “Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) would like CBC members to be present for Floor activities on gun violence when the House returns to session on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The plan is to be as disruptive to (House) Speaker (Paul) Ryan (R-WI) as possible next week.”
“During Votes,” the memo continued, “members are encouraged to have a picture [of a constituent who was killed by gun violence].”
House Democrats Stage Sit-In to Force Gun Control Vote
Ryan – who sent lawmakers home one day early for the holiday recess following House Democrats’ 26-hour gun control sit-in – has said that he won’t “tolerate” more disruption. But it appears he’s got his work cut out for him.
House Democrats, led by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, staged a sit-in on the House floor on June 22, vowing to remain there until Republicans agreed to vote on gun control legislation. The move failed to secure a vote on the measures House Democrats wanted, but Lewis – a Georgia Democrat who called the effort a “major down payment on ending gun violence in America” – has pledged to keep fighting.
“We must never ever give up or give in,” he tweeted last week. “We must keep the faith. We must come back here on July 5 more determined than ever before.”