Cicilline Statement on Democratic Sit-In

Jun 23, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who helped organize a 26-hour sit-in on the House floor with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Congressman John Larson (D-CT), and Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), issued the following statement today:


“Over 26 hours, House Democrats sat down in order to stand up, and changed the tone of our country’s debate over gun violence. Republicans can no longer ignore the voices of millions of Americans who are demanding commonsense legislation to address this epidemic. And I am sure they will hear loudly and clearly from their constituents over the next two weeks.”


“It is shameful that Speaker Ryan, using a procedural maneuver, adjourned the House in the dark of night, shortly after his party voted for another Wall Street giveaway, so that Republicans would not have to address the very real impact of gun violence. This isn’t Wall Street’s House – it’s the People’s House – and it’s time Republicans start acting like it by addressing the important issues facing American families.”


“When the Speaker calls the House back into session we will continue to stand up once again for our constituents who are demanding we take action to reduce gun violence in our country.”