WASHINGTON (NBC) - Democratic members of the House of Representatives staged a sit-in on the chamber floor Wednesday to try and force a vote on gun control.
The protest is being led by Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who is upset that four gun policy measures failed to move forward on Monday.
Minutes after the sit-in began, the House went into recess.
When it returned into session, Democrats chanted “No bill, no break”, stopping Republicans from conducting business and sending the House back into recess.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, including South Carolina Representative Jim Clyburn, held a news conference outside the chamber, calling for gun control legislation and for Congress to not go into summer break until a bill is introduced.
“Our members are gathered on the floor of the House in protest that we cannot even have a vote because we truly believe that if there were a vote, that we would win the vote,” Pelosi said.