Elizabeth Warren Joins House Dems’ Sit-In
Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined House Democrats in their sit-in for gun control on Wednesday.
The Hill reports:
Democrats, led by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), began their sit-in on the House floor late Wednesday morning. They say they will continue their protest until GOP leaders allow some sort of action on legislation to prevent terror suspects from buying guns.
Warren, who’s reportedly on the shortlist to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, briefly sat down on the floor with other lawmakers. She later moved to a chair.
She noted in a Twitter post showing a photo of the House floor that it is also her birthday.
“Nowhere I’d rather spend my bday than the House floor w/ @repjohnlewis for gun control. #NoBillNoBreak #goodtrouble” Warren, a favorite of the liberal left, tweeted.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 22, 2016
Multiple House members tweeted photos of Warren joining their protest, including fellow Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern.
“[email protected] is a true champion for #Massachusetts. Proud #mapoli is united in saying it’s time to #StopGunViolence,” McGovern tweeted.
— Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) June 22, 2016
In addition to Warren, many Democratic senators made appearances in the House chamber. Connecticut Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, who similarly commandeered the Senate floor last week to push for votes on gun control, both came to see the House activity.
House Democrats are warning that their sit-in could last into the night, postponing scheduled legislative business.
GOP leaders ordered the House go into recess, which means the chamber’s cameras were turned off. Democrats participating in the sit-in have turned to streaming live video with smartphone apps such as Periscope so that the public can watch.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has not made an appearance at the sit-in so far. But he did post a tweet in support of House Democrats.
“Change only happens when people come together to say the status quo is unacceptable. We stand with you @HouseDemocrats. #NoBillNoBreak,” Sanders’s Senate office tweeted.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 22, 2016
Photo credit: Times Ledger.