The Latest: House Dems, Republicans nearly come to blows


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Democrats’ protest demanding a vote on gun control legislation (all times local):

11 p.m.

Democrats and Republicans nearly came to blows on the House floor during an extraordinary protest for a vote on gun control legislation.

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas approached the Democrats and yelled, “Radical Islam!” Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida started yelling back at him. The two came within inches of each other, both yelling.

Lawmakers from both parties separated the two.

The Democrats halted the day’s legislative session with their sit-in and protest. Republicans have struggled to force the House back into session.

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10:35 p.m.

The House is back in recess after two votes, and Democrats are loudly protesting for votes on gun control.

In the aftermath of the massacre in Orlando, Florida, last week, Democrats are staging an extraordinary sit-in. They shouted as Speaker Paul Ryan gaveled the House into session Wednesday night.

Democrats promised to stay until they got a vote on guns. It was unclear what would happen next in the House.

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10:10 p.m.

Democrats chanted and shouted over Speaker Paul Ryan as he gaveled the House into session and tried to bring order.

Ryan pounded the gavel several times, but Democrats were relentless in their chanting. Ryan called a vote.

As Ryan left the podium, Democrats booed and some shouted, “Shame, shame.”

The extraordinary unrest continued throughout the vote on labor legislation. Democrats want a vote on gun control.

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10 p.m.

House Democrats are chanting “no bill, no break!” as the Republicans move toward a vote on labor legislation.

After more than 10 hours of a sit-in on the floor, Democrats are holding photos of gun victims and papers with their names. Democrats want a vote on gun control legislation before lawmakers’ weeklong break next week.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the House won’t vote on gun control legislation. He called the Democrats’ action Wednesday a publicity stunt and says Congress won’t do anything that could undermine the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms.

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