WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on House Democrats’ protest demanding a vote on gun control legislation.
The House has adjourned until after July 4 after majority Republicans pushed through a partisan bill to deal with the Zika outbreak. 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. A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed the Democrats’ protest as a “publicity stunt” and said Republicans “have plowed ahead to do what is needed to responsibly address” the Zika crisis.
Spokeswoman AshLee Strong said the House “is focused on eliminating terrorists, not constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. And no stunts on the floor will change that.