The GOP House leadership is trying to come up with ways to punish Democrats for their sit-in over the leadership’s refusal to allow a vote on a gun control bill after the shootings in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
One option that’s been floated is a resolution broadly stating a sentiment that such tactics shouldn’t be allowed and will be sanctioned somehow going forward. Others are hoping Republicans will publicly rebuke certain Democrats they say “intimidated” nonpartisan House staff members during the late-June incident.
The latter response was used to admonish Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) after he yelled, “You lie!” at President Barack Obama during a 2009 joint session of Congress. But this situation involves multiple lawmakers, so the same tack may not work.
One Republican source familiar with the ongoing discussions said Republicans’ intent is to maintain decorum in the future and “protect the permanent employees of the House, who the Democrats treated with contempt.” GOP leaders want to make clear that such actions are “not acceptable” and won’t be tolerated.
Perhaps a good talking-to will work. I’m sure that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who led the protest and who has scars from beatings he received while leading civil rights marches in the 1960’s, will give in under the pressure and humbly beg pardon. Yeah? No.