WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) applauded the Connecticut delegation, U.S. Representative John Lewis, and the dozens of Democratic members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday during a sit-in demonstration demanding that the House stay in session to debate and vote on gun safety measures to expand background checks and prevent gun sales to suspected terrorists. Murphy joined his colleagues on the floor of the House to show his support. 

“John Lewis is a true hero. No one in Congress has done more throughout the course of their life to stand up for justice and righteousness,” said Murphy. “I’m proud of my Democratic colleagues in the House today. We will not alter the way Congress responds to the mass slaughter of our constituents without ripping up the usual script and demanding change. We forced Senate Republicans to allow votes to keep guns away from dangerous people – the House should not go on vacation until Speaker Ryan and House Republicans do the same.”