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Democrats Continue Their Temper Tantrum To Deny Americans Their Constitutional Rights Without Due Process

Democrats Continue Their Temper Tantrum To Deny Americans Their Constitutional Rights Without Due Process

Donovan Slack and Deborah Barfield Berry | USA TODAY

More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers continued their extraordinary protest on the House floor Thursday, more than 20 hours after a sit-in brought legislative business to a halt and triggered a chaotic, late-night showdown as they demanded a vote on gun control legislation.

Republicans adjourned the House at 3 a.m. following a 239-171 vote to approve $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was among Democrats who continued the protest.

"The House did not adjourn without a message being delivered," Rep. Sten Hoyer, D-Md., said. "That there is an epidemic of gun violence in America and that we need to pass legislation to make America and Americans safer."

It was unclear what House Democrats intend to do next but Hoyer said they planned to discuss it during a whip meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Led by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who had called the dramatic protest simply a "publicity stunt," Republicans took back control of the floor at 10 p.m. amid Democrat chants, nearly 11 hours after the sit-in began. Democrats shouted "Shame! Shame!" as House business proceeded and members cast votes on measures unrelated to guns.

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