Democrats Continue Their Sit-In Over Guns, Even Though The House Has Adjourned

This photo provided by Rep. Chillie Pingree, D-Maine, shows Democrat members of Congress, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. as they participate in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Rep. Chillie Pingree via AP)
This photo provided by Rep. Chillie Pingree, D-Maine, shows Democrat members of Congress, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. as they participate in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Rep. Chillie Pingree via AP)
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Democrats who are demanding a vote on gun control measures continue to occupy the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, even though House Speaker Paul Ryan formally adjourned the House early this morning for its July 4th recess. They've been there since around noon Wednesday. It turns out Republicans did something similar in 2008, when they demanded a vote on expanding oil and gas drilling from the then-Democrat-controlled House.


Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with NPR's Ailsa Chang.

Guest

Ailsa Chang, NPR congressional correspondent. She tweets @ailsachang.

This segment aired on June 23, 2016. The audio for this segment is not available.

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