By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 23, 2016 Updated: 11:10 AM
House Democrats ended their sit-in of the House floor after more than 24 hours.
“We must never ever give up, or give in,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who led the charge for a vote on gun violence, announced.
“We must keep the faith and we must come back here on July 5 more determined than ever before.”
As the sun rose this morning over the U.S. Capitol, a few dozen haggard Democrats remained on the House floor as part of their sit-in to urge votes on stalled gun legislation.But the leaders faced a decision on sharpening their endgame as the protest entered its 22nd hour.
Democrats said repeatedly during the sit-in that they want votes on two measures: one to prohibit people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns, and one to expand mandatory background checks to purchases at gun shows and online.
But both measures in the Senate failed earlier this week, meaning their political fate is already sealed.
“The Senate has already defeated the measure they’re calling for,” Ryan press secretary AshLee Strong said in a statement. “The House is focused on eliminating terrorists, not constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. And no stunts on the floor will change that.”
One lawmaker said that during the upcoming July 4th break, they would take the issue to their districts.
"We are going back to our congressional districts -- we are going to engage our constituents on this subject, and we will not allow this body feel as comfortable as in the past," Rep. Jim Clyburn said. "On July 5, we will return, and at that time we will be operating on a new sense of a purpose."