House Republicans will take 'appropriate measures' to discipline Democrats for gun-control sit-in

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House Republicans will take "appropriate measures" to discipline Democrats who participated in a June gun-control "sit-in," Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.

"Are you going to let the House stand with that behavior going forward?" McCarthy, a Republican from California, rhetorically asked reporters. "I think you'd create real damage to the House going forward, in the long term."

McCarthy said "a number of rules" were broken when House Democrats staged a 25-hour sit-in on the lower chamber's floor demanding a vote on gun control.

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A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. House Rep. Katherine Clark shows Democratic members of the House staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark/Handout via Reuters. 
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor by U.S. House Rep. Rep. John Yarmuth shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Joe Courtney (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/ U.S. Rep.John Yarmuth/Handout
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. David Cicilline shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. John Lewis (R) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/ U.S. Rep. David Cicilline/Handout
A photo tweeted from the floor of the U.S. House by Rep. Donna Edwards (R) shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including herself and Rep. John Lewis (L) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Rep. Donna Edwards/Handout
A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. John Yarmuth shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Joe Courtney (L) and Rep. John Lewis (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth/Handout
UNITED STATES - JUNE 22: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., center left, speaks with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center right, as House Democrats rally on the House steps to speak about gun legislation on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Also pictured are Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., left, and Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. Democrats were staging a sit-in on the House floor in an attempt to force a vote on gun legislation in the House of Representatives. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 22: Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., flanked by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Dan Gross, president Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, speaks about his family's experience with gun violence as House Democrats rally on the House steps to speak about gun legislation on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Democrats were staging a sit-in on the House floor in an attempt to force a vote on gun legislation in the House of Representatives. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 22: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) left, and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) speak to reporters after leaving the House floor on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. The two senators joined House Democrats who were staging a sit-in on the House floor in an attempt to force a vote on gun legislation in the House of Representatives. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, makes an opening statement during a hearing with Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. By offering a subtle change to her outlook from less than a week ago, Yellen on Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee pushed the prospect of additional interest rate increases further into the future. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Drew Hammill, spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, told BuzzFeed it was "absurd" to say the sit-in violated House rules.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in June he was talking with the body's sergeant-at-arms and parliamentarians to review options on how to address the sit-in.

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Rules Committee, previously said that the Democrats who staged the unprecedented move should be "held accountable" for their actions.

The sit-in was characterized at the time by Ryan and other Republicans as a "publicity stunt" aimed at helping Democrats fundraise. The speaker said Democrats had allowed the House to descend into "chaos" and argued that it "sets a very dangerous precedent."

"One of the things that makes our country strong is our institutions," Ryan said. "No matter how bad things get in this country, we have a basic structure that ensures a functioning democracy. We can disagree on policy. But we do so within the bounds of order and respect for the system. Otherwise, it all falls apart."

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