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McGovern Attends House Democrats Sit-in Demanding Action Against Gun Violence

Thursday, June 23, 2016

 

Congressman Jim McGovern joined House Democrats on Wednesday for a sit-in on the House Floor to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow a vote on bipartisan legislation to address gun violence.  

The sit-in follows the deadliest mass shooting in American history in Orlando. 

McGovern had the following to say on the sit-in and gun violence: 

Americans deserve a Congress that will finally debate and vote on commonsense legislation to stop gun violence. Orlando was just the latest mass shooting and it breaks my heart to say it probably won’t be the last. We must not leave the Capitol without taking action to prevent the next tragedy.

Congress has sadly become a place where trivial issues get debated passionately and important ones not at all. Today, Speaker Ryan scheduled a vote to weaken the Affordable Care Act for the 62nd time. It's pathetic. We should find the time to debate legislation that could actually save lives. 

This is a moment of truth. We can no longer remain silent as gun violence continues to ravage so many communities across the country. I am proud to join Congressman John Lewis, my fellow members of the Massachusetts delegation, and Democrats from both the House and Senate today to say to Speaker Ryan and House Republicans enough is enough. Let the People’s House vote on commonsense gun violence prevention legislation that is overwhelmingly supported by the American people. We will not rest until Congress shows the courage to act to strengthen background checks and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and suspected terrorists.”

What the House Democrats Want 

House Democrats are calling on Speaker Ryan and House Republicans to allow an immediate vote on bipartisan, commonsense gun violence prevention legislation to help keep guns out of dangerous hands with two bills. 

The two bills proposed are: 

·         The bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to expand and strengthen our background checks system;

·         The bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.  

 

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