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‘No bill, no break!’ Queens Democrats in the thick of the Congressional sit-in on Capitol Hill

Members of Congress representing Queens made their voices heard in the sit-in that began yesterday morning on the floor of the House of Representatives and ended this afternoon.

House Democrats, led by Georgia Congressman John Lewis, began their protest just after 11 a.m. Wednesday demanding that the Republican-led chamber take a vote on proposed gun control regulations in the wake of the June 12 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Other lawmakers from the Queens delegation — Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney,Grace Meng and Nydia Velazquez and Congressmen Steve Israel and Hakeem Jeffries — joined the sit-in and took turns speaking about the need for new gun regulations. Supporters of the cause from the Senate also visited them, including Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy — who led a 15-hour filibuster on gun regulation last week that spurred a vote on Monday in which four proposed regulations were defeated — and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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