House Democrats Stage Sit-In After Gun Control Vote Fails to Pass
News| | By Margo Gothelf
Because of the lost feed, Congressmen and women broadcasted the sit-in using their phones with apps such as Periscope and Facebook Live. They also posted tweets on Twitter despite the rules against videos or photos being taken on the House floor. According to BuzzFeed News, the House “cannot operate without members following the rules of the institution, so the House has recessed subject to the call of the chair.” “No Bill No Break,” was chanted in between speeches from the Congressmen and women. The phrase was quick to trend across social media.
C-SPAN has no control over the U.S. House TV cameras.— CSPAN (@cspan) June 22, 2016
Folks are dismissing the sit-in as pol theater, but Congress doesn't do this. AND they're periscoping it?! This is a big deal #NoBillNoBreak— Tracey Ross (@traceylross) June 22, 2016
The current sit-in is a response to the four gun laws that failed to pass the 60-vote threshold in the Senate on Monday. The vote came after a 15-hour filibuster led by Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy in response to the tragic Orlando shooting where 49 people were killed. Watch Lewis’ full speech below.
John Lewis staging a sit-in Nashville in the 1960s v John Lewis staging a sit-in in Washington in 2016 pic.twitter.com/w2EoTG7fWj— georgia (@normanisreyes) June 22, 2016