— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 23, 2016
Latest: GOP adjourns House until after July 4 after Democrats' sit-in fails to produce vote on gun-control bills: https://t.co/dmWbOHGUDR
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 23, 2016
… Republicans moved to adjourn immediately after the Zika vote to shut down a round-the-clock sit-in by Democrats demanding votes on gun-control bills. Democrats denounced the GOP plan as “cowardly” and stayed on the floor to demand votes on bills to strengthen background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns…
Thanks to Adam, y’all have a clean thread just below where all the things that are not #NoBillNoBreak can be discussed. The sensible people — even the ones on PDT — have mostly gone to bed, and I have very few functioning brain cells left after enduring (another) round of dental work. So I’m gonna dump a bunch of stuff here, put most of it below the fold for speed of reloading, and let Betty or Richard update as necessary come the morning.
Meanwhile, the shorter: All praise to Rep. John Lewis, my personal Rep. Katherine Clark (who asked Rep. Lewis about tactics & timing), and all the Democrats who remembered Joe Hill’s injunction — Don’t mourn, organize!
The Washington Post has an explanation here of why House members had to sit in instead of filibustering. The GOP are still stuck between the rock of NRA dollars and the hard place of primary challenger ads. If they allow a (purely ceremonial) vote to keep individuals on the no-fly list from buying guns (NoFlyNoBuy) the NRA will do its considerable best to unseat them, and if they don’t allow it, their next opponent will remind everybody that Rep. GOPer is in favor of letting ISIS terrorists buy semi-automatics. And of course a tiny minority of Democratic supporters, or at least leftists who might theoretically vote for a Democrat someday if only we weren’t all hopelessly compromised, are having a hissy fit because this particular bill is kinda stupid (agreed) and only bad people care about “optics”. If I missed anything, let me know in the comments.
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Daybreak is in less than an hour. Sit-in approaching 18 hours. Abt 20 members left on the House floor
— Hannah Levintova (@H_Lev) June 23, 2016
— Sarah Elizabeth Pohl (@Opboxs) June 23, 2016
When Democrats pull an idiotic stunt like the House sit-in and liberals congratulate themselves on their virtue, I think…Trump could win.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 23, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to Republicans finding a new job in November. #NoBillNoBreak
— Dana Smith Dutra (@YDanasmithdutra) June 23, 2016
Imagine what it would be like if Repubs cared 1/10th as much about voter roles as they care about due process for gun buyers
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) June 23, 2016
The BBC was impressed:
… This is unprecedented. Years of frustration at being unable to pass stricter gun control measures have now culminated in political drama. But even if they were given a vote, it would most likely not pass. After all, 100 bills on gun reforms have gone before Congress in the last five years and none of them have been successful. So what will have changed?
This is an election year where Democrats are trying to wrestle back control of the House and the Senate. Perhaps emboldened by recent polls which show most Americans would prefer stricter laws on guns, Democratic representatives are making it clear to the electorate that if you want change, you know which way to vote in November.
By Wednesday evening, some 168 House Democrats – out of 188 – and 34 senators – out of 44 – were on the floor…
— Diable Noir (@eclecticbrotha) June 23, 2016
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 23, 2016
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) June 23, 2016
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) June 23, 2016
One theme in tonight's #NoBillNoBreak: The number of members of Congress with personal loss related to gun violence
— Wyeth Ruthven (@wyethwire) June 23, 2016
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 22, 2016
"Dems are holding gov hostage," say the GOP Senators who won't confirm SCOTUS judge & the GOP Reps who voted 60x in 5yrs to upend the ACA.
— Jill Weinberger (@jillybobww) June 22, 2016
A raw, spontaneous protest by politicians, many who rarely stick their necks out, clunky, chaotic &using subversive social media to reach us
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 23, 2016
— Gerry McDonough (@gmcdonough) June 23, 2016
.. the entire politics around gun control has shifted dramatically. That's why this sit-in matters
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) June 23, 2016
This is a tool to win Congress & POTUS, which then will lead to a SCOTUS that interprets ENTIRE 2nd amndmt, not just the NRA's fave part
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) June 23, 2016
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 22, 2016
"Clearly the GOP hopes that the shock and awe of all the RTs will degrade & destroy the Democrats' infrastructure." https://t.co/Z2QZJzMW7N
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) June 23, 2016
GOP publicity stunts:
– voting to end Obamacare endlessly
– avoiding SCOTUS nominee vote
– shutting down the government
– DONALD ?? TRUMP ??
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) June 23, 2016
— Stan Bloodgood (@FiredupinLV) June 23, 2016