GOP aims to end Democratic sit-in

Greg Nash

House Republicans will attempt to wrest control of the House from Democrats staging a sit-in over gun control with a vote to override President Obama’s fiduciary rule.

{mosads}“It will be loud and probably be noisy,” Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), part of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) group of advisers, told reporters after House Republicans held a special meeting about how they should respond to the day-long sit-in.

“You might want to get in the gallery and watch the show,” Dent added.

Dozens of Democratic House and Senate lawmakers have been occupying the House floor since late Wednesday morning, calling on Ryan and other GOP leaders hold a vote on legislation to prevent terrorists from purchasing guns in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

But GOP lawmakers and aides said no gun-related measures would be voted on Wednesday night. Instead, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will call for a vote to overturn the Labor Department’s new rule requiring financial advisers to act in the best interest of their clients.

Then on Thursday, Republicans will push for a vote on a package that includes spending for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as funding to combat the Zika virus.

But Democrats have vowed that they won’t yield their ground.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) pledged that the Democrats will continue the protest “until we get a bill” on gun control.

“People are tired of moments of silence,” she told reporters in her Capitol office Wednesday afternoon. “They refuse to just accept the fact that we’ll have a moment of silence and it will be indicative of the silence that will follow — that it will substitute for action. … And it’s just not going to happen again.”

—Mike Lillis contributed.


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