Historic Move Takes Over Social Media
Washington – Yesterday while over 80 Democratic members of the House have gone old-school, occupying the floor of the chambers with a sit-in to protest the Republican majority’s inaction on gun control. As of 9 a.m. this morning the Democratic members of Congress continue to hold down the floor.
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There actions continue to play out in real time via social media as C-SPAN was instructed by Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) The Speaker of the House to turn the cameras off. It is Ryan who decides when the cameras in the house chamber are on or when they are on.
But the savvy Democratic participants in the historic sit-in took to social media using Facebook Live, Periscope and Twitter to get their pictures out. All day long and in the wee hours of this morning the cellphone video streamed on social media and got a very strong following. The hashtag #Nobillnobreak is blowing up on Twitter.
C-SPAN has no control over the U.S. House TV cameras.
— CSPAN (@cspan) 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
Too many lives have been lost. We cannot have another moment of silence without action.#NoBillNoBreak #NoMoreSilence pic.twitter.com/aYmLWXaDxY
— Rep. Alan Lowenthal (@RepLowenthal) June 22, 2016
Now even @cspan is broadcasting tweets from members of Congress, since the cameras are off https://t.co/ZRIUw23Z0U — emily (((dreyfuss))) (@EmilyDreyfuss) June 22, 2016
To be clear, it’s kinda ridiculous that there’s a gallery full of reporters with camera phones and we’re not allowed to broadcast this.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 22, 2016
Grateful to the leaders on the House floor who are demanding a vote on gun violence prevention. Americans deserve a vote. #NoBillNoBreak — Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 22, 2016
.@cspan @HouseDemocrats The House Speaker doesn’t control our cameras. Tell us what’s going on – we’ll film a reenactment. #NoBillNoBreak
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 22, 2016
Watch my floor speech from earlier today, beginning at the 4:00 mark. #NoFlyNoBuy #NoMoreSilence #NoBillNoBreakhttps://t.co/uv6Lk6g9TL — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) June 22, 2016