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Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) called the House into session around 10 p.m. in an effort to interrupt the Democrats’ historic sit-in for gun control reform, reports CNN:

Democrats, led by civil rights icon John Lewis, took control of the chamber Wednesday morning demanding a vote on gun control legislation. But Republicans are resisting, saying they don’t want to give in to such protests tactics.

The tension exploded onto the floor just after 10 p.m. ET when Republican Speaker Paul Ryan gaveled the chamber into order to hold a procedural vote on an unrelated matter. An extraordinary scene unfolded as throngs of Democrats — some holding signs with the names of victims of gun violence — remained in the House well chanting “no bill, no break” and “shame shame shame.” They also sang the protest anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

Such displays would normally be prohibited but Ryan, sensitive to the attention being paid to the sit-in, declined to enforce the traditional order in the House.


This afternoon Ryan tweeted a response to the sit-in calling it a “publicity stunt.”

Republicans called an unrelated vote to override President Obama’s veto of a measure disapproving of the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule, according to The Hill.

The measure to veto Obama’s ruling failed to pass and the House was called back into recess. House Democrats yelled out in disgust–some were holding photos of victims killed by gun violence.

No word if or when, the House will be called back into session for the vote on gun control reform.

Several Democratic lawmakers are prepared to wait out the night, possibly into the next few days.

This story is a developing. Check back for updates.



House Democrats Stage Sit-In For Vote On Gun Control

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