House GOP leaders consider rebuking Dems for gun sit-in
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House GOP leaders are considering a resolution to rebuke Democrats for their late June sit-in to call for gun control legislation.

GOP leadership aides told The Hill that discussions are underway about how to punish Democrats for their nearly 26-hour occupation of the House floor, and no final decision has been made at this point.


Republican lawmakers have expressed concern that the Democrats' unprecedented sit-in flouting a slew of House rules could open the door to a minority pulling off similar disruptions in the future.

They believe a public reprimand or punishment would serve to enforce the chamber's rules and decorum. GOP leaders found themselves unable to force Democrats off the floor and ended up adjourning the chamber early for the week.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters in July that he and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRevising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices Paul Ryan will attend Biden's inauguration COVID-19 relief bill: A promising first act for immigration reform MORE (R-Wis.) planned to meet with the Sergeant-at-Arms to discuss a path forward. He also mentioned allegations that some Democrats tried to intimidate nonpartisan floor staffers who were trying to enforce House rules.

Multiple Democrats also violated rules that prohibit taking pictures or videos on the House floor by live-streaming the sit-in on cell phone applications like Periscope and Facebook Live.

Democrats who took part in the sit-in have dismissed warnings that they might be punished for breaking House rules. They defended their decision to call attention to what they saw as inaction on gun safety measures after the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

"They want to pick this fight and say the American people shouldn't hear this stuff, that we're like the Politburo, the Chinese communist party?” Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), who was among the lawmakers live-streaming the event, told The Hill at the time. “If you want people to calm down, there's a better way than fighting a stupid battle over rules.”

The House has been out of session since July 14, about three weeks after the sit-in.

Politico first reported the discussions Friday.