WASHINGTON – Well in a move reminiscent of the 1960’s the Democrats have actually are sitting on the floor in a good old fashioned sit-in. The goal of the group is an attempt to compel Republican leadership to allow votes on gun control legislation, some Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday that is now going on its fifth hour and there does not seem to be any reason that they will stop.
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), an influential member of the civil rights movement, kicked off the protest with a speech, and then Democrats sat down on the House floor. At the moment there about a 60 Democratic members giving speeches about gun violence. It is an unprecedented move in the House where there are no cameras on because the body is no longer in session.
That means C-SPAN is not covering the action, there are no clerks or stenographers on duty because of Congress is ready for a scheduled break. Meanwhile, the gallery where people are allowed to sit and watch Congress while they are in session is almost completely filled as they are watching history.
Right now social media is the only place to follow the action via Twitter and Periscope. The cameras controlled by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, have currently been turned off.
The House went into recess after reconvening briefly at noon when the Democrats refused to get up from the floor, and cameras are traditionally turned off during recess. The Senate voted on four gun control measures Monday, and all four failed to reach the 60-vote threshold required to overcome Republican opposition.
Group of Dems say they’re staying on the floor until they get a vote on “No fly, no buy” gun bill. — John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) June 22, 2016
You can’t watch our sit-in b/c @HouseGOP put us into recess. But I assure you we will stay until there is a vote on guns! #NoBillNoBreak
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) June 22, 2016
I’m on the House floor with @repjohnlewis & Dems staging a sit-in to demand action on commonsense gun legislation pic.twitter.com/byIivby5gG — Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) June 22, 2016
House Democrats staging a SIT IN on the House floor demanding a vote on guns –> video as chair gavels out pic.twitter.com/IrKix7r3Ar
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) June 22, 2016
Thank you John Lewis for leading on gun violence where we need it most. https://t.co/vctfqAH5Wt
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 22, 2016