Moment of silence denied on Capitol Hill

NC_orlandodcam0614_1500x845Washington, D.C. (NBC News) — Members of Congress protested on The House floor Monday as Speaker Paul Ryan called for a moment of silence honoring victims of the Orlando Pulse club massacre.

Connecticut Representative Jim Himes and a few other Democratic members walked out under protest.

“I could have passed some legislation, but instead I decided to observe yet another moment of silence. I just decided that was enough. That is not leadership. I am not doing it,” Himes said afterward.

Lawmakers remain deeply divided.

Himes and other Democrats want strict gun control bills to pass The House.

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, countered by saying we need to do more to secure America, adding Omar Mateen may have been born here, but his parents immigrated from Afghanistan. He once again said he would lock down the border.

“When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States,” Trump said.


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