House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) indicated to the New York Times on Tuesday that House Republicans may punish House Democrats in some way for their June sit-in over gun control.
“I think you will see appropriate measures taken in the very near future,” Rep. McCarthy said re: punishments for Dems’ sit-in in June.
— Emmarie Huetteman (@emmarieNYT) September 6, 2016
Politico also reported last week that House leadership was considering punishing democrats for the sit-in, citing unnamed sources.
Several House Democrats held a sit-in protest on the House floor in June to call on House Republicans to vote on gun control measures. The Democrats continued to occupy the House floor even while the House was in recess, and they shouted over House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) when he briefly reconvened the House for a vote.
Following the sit-in, Ryan hinted that he could punish the Democrats in some form for the sit-in.
“We’re reviewing everything right now as to what happened and how to make sure we can bring order to this chaos,” Ryan said in June. “This is the people’s House. This is Congress, the House of Representatives, oldest democracy in the world, and they’re descending it into chaos. I don’t think this should be a very proud moment for democracy or for the people who staged these stunts.”