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Report: John Lewis orchestrating protest of GOP plan to punish sit-ins

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Lewis is expected to lead a Democratic protest of the House GOP’s plan to punish future sit-ins on the House floor Tuesday afternoon, according to a report.

Politico reported that the protest will come when the House of Representatives votes on its rules package for the new Congress later this afternoon. The package includes a provision that would garnish lawmakers' wages for taking pictures, recording audio or video or streaming video on the House floor. The change, which would affect only future House actions, is seen as retribution for the more than 25-hour sit-in Lewis, D-Atlanta, helped orchestrate last summer.

Democrats on Tuesday are expected to take out their phones and hold up copies of the Constitution to show their opposition, according to Politico:

Tuesday’s protest is being orchestrated by Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.), the architects of Democrats’ 25-hour gun control sit-in over the summer that prompted the GOP rules change.


 Larson announced the protest during a Democratic caucus call Tuesday morning, according to an aide on the call.

Lewis previously called the GOP's proposed changes an “unconstitutional gag order” akin to “Putin’s Russia.”

A Lewis spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read our past sit-in coverage: 

John Lewis compares House rules penalizing protests to ‘Putin’s Russia’

The House GOP’s plan for disciplining lawmakers following John Lewis’s gun sit-in

John Lewis shrugs as GOP promises punishment for sit-in

John Lewis and other Democrats face ethics complaint over sit-in

Democratic sit-in ends with no House votes promised on gun bills

‘Reliving my life’: John Lewis’ experience at heart of Capitol sit-in


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