The revolt in the House of Representatives entered a second day Thursday as protesting Democrats refused to give up and continued to demand votes on gun control measures opposed by Republicans.
While two dozen or so Democratic lawmakers camped out in the well of the House chamber, Speaker Paul Ryan talked tough hours after adjourning the body until July 5 during a raucous overnight session.
“Democrats can talk all they want,” Ryan said. “But the bottom line is despite these distractions we did our job.”
Ryan said he has no intention of bringing up for a vote proposed bills that would bar suspected terrorists on no-fly lists from buying guns and impose universal background checks saying they “already failed in committee.”
Once again, Ryan dismissed the Democratic show of defiance as “a publicity stunt, a fund-raising stunt.”
But the Democrats gave no sign of surrendering.