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Rep. John Lewis Decries Republican Lack of Leadership: No Action on Gun Control

July 14, 2016
Press Release

Rep. John Lewis made this statement on the House floor to question the adjournment of the House when pressing matters of national interest still need to be worked on by Members of Congress:

"Mr. Speaker,  I rise because I cannot believe it.  I cannot believe that the Republican Members of Congress will leave Washington, leave the nation’s capital for seven and a half weeks without taking a single step to respond to the real suffering, the real pain, the real despair of the American people.

"Mr. Speaker, there is so much hurt, so much hate, so much violence.  We have a moral obligation, a mission, and a mandate to do something about gun violence.  Too many of our sisters and brothers have suffered.  Too many have lost their lives.  We have lost too many of our children, too many of our mothers and fathers, too many of our friends and neighbors.

"Where are the leaders?  Do you have any courage, Republican Members of Congress? Where is the leadership? It is a shame.  It is a disgrace that the Republicans would close down the Congress without doing one single thing to protect innocent little children, our mothers and fathers, our sisters and brothers, and our police officers from gun violence.

"We must act, and we should be acting now.  Not tomorrow, not in September, but now!"

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