House Dems May Face Penalties For Gun Vote Sit-In

House Dems May Face Penalties For Gun Vote Sit-In
Democrats at their sit-in on the House floor in June. Photo from CNN.web photo

We reported earlier in the summer on House Democrats who took control of the floor in June and held a 25-hour sit-in to protest the perceived lack of action on gun control measures.

The sit-in, dubbed a publicity stunt by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI 1st), continued until the July 4th holiday rolled around.

Now, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 23rd) vowed those Democrats will face punishment soon for breaking House rules, according to this story from CNN.

"There are numerous rules that were broken. That's not the way a democracy works and I think you will see appropriate measure taken in the very near future," McCarthy said in the story. "Are you going to let the House stand with that behavior going forward? I think it would create real damage to the reputation of the House in the long term."

What kind of repercussions could the Democrats face? House Republicans are discussing several options, the story says, including voting on a resolution that condemns the sit-in, or leveling fines for rule violations.

During the protest, dozens of Democrats sat on the floor in the well, chanting and yelling when Republicans attempted to move onto legislative business. Those actions were a breach of floor decorum, the story says. There are specific rules regarding when members can speak and whom they can address from the podium.

Despite their actions, Democrats failed to secure any votes on gun measures, though the episode did force GOP leaders to abruptly cancel business for the week and start a scheduled recess early.

"Almost every member thinks to themselves we made a point that we need to consider bipartisan legislation sponsored by (New York GOP Rep. Peter King) that 80 percent of the America wants," said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD 5th). "If you want to censure for that, then go to it."