Scott Joins Sit-In on House Floor to Demand Action on Gun Violence

At 6:15 pm June 22, Congressman Bobby Scott spoke on the House floor during today’s sit-in demanding action on gun violence prevention legislation.  Click here click to watch Congressman Scott’s remarks. Earlier press statement below as well. Click here to view Rep. Scott’s remarks.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of the horrific act of hate and terror in Orlando last week, the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), a vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today joined House Democrats’ sit-in on the House Floor to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow a vote on bipartisan legislation to address gun violence.

“I was proud to join my colleague and civil rights leader John Lewis today as he led an unprecedented sit-in on the House Floor to demand a vote on gun violence prevention legislation,” stated Rep. Scott.  “Our message is nclear – it’s not going to be business as usual in the House of Representatives.  We’re committed to continue this effort until the People’s House does its job.  And we know what we need to do.  There are several bipartisan proposals currently pending that the House could take up immediately.  It is time for House Republicans to do their job and call a vote on these measures.”

House Democrats are calling on Speaker Ryan and House Republicans to allow an immediate vote on bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation to help keep guns out of dangerous hands, with two bills:

  •  The bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to expand and strengthen our background checks system
  • The bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.

House Republicans have voted 13 times to block consideration of the bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ legislation.

Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott represents the 3rd Congressional District of Virginia, which includes all or parts of the Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Portsmouth, and Richmond and the Counties of Charles City, Henrico, Prince George, and Surry.  In Congress, he serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.