House Democrats Stage Overnight Sit-In
Democrats demanding action on gun control legislation held a sit-in on the floor of the House.
Rep. John Lewis leads more than 200 Democrats on June 22 in demanding a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists. "We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action," Lewis, a civil rights icon who marched with Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said before he and dozens of colleagues sat down on the carpeted well of the chamber.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., speaks to supporters of House Democrats taking part in a sit-in outside the U.S. Capitol early on June 23. House Republicans attempted to end the 16-hour sit-in by Democrats early Thursday morning by adjourning for a recess through July 5. At 7:15 a.m. ET Thursday, a handful of Democrats remained on the House floor.