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McCollum Vows To Press On To Prevent Gun Violence As Historic 26-Hour Sit-In Ends

June 23, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-MN-04) vowed today to continue to demand action on gun violence prevention legislation as Democrats ended their historic 26-hour sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"The American people are demanding action to keep their families and communities safe from gun violence,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Unfortunately, House Republicans refuse to allow an up-or-down vote on bills that prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns and require background checks for all gun purchases.”

Congresswoman McCollum and other House Democrats demanded that Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans allow an immediate vote on bipartisan, commonsense gun violence prevention bills that help keep guns out of dangerous hands:

  • The bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to expand and strengthen our background check system; and
  • The bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns and explosives.

As Congresswoman McCollum and her colleagues remained on the House floor demanding action overnight, House Republicans — led by Speaker Ryan — voted to adjourn the House just after 3 a.m. for a 12-day recess.

"Rather than let Americans see where their Representatives stand on these gun violence prevention measures, House Republicans adjourned the House and slipped out of Washington in the middle of the night,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “That's unacceptable to me, it's unacceptable to Minnesotans, and it's unacceptable to the American people."