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House Democrats end protest as bipartisan gun legislation gains backing in Senate

House Democrats end protest as bipartisan gun legislation gains backing in Senate

More than 24 hours after seizing control of the House floor, Democratic lawmakers on Thursday ended a noisy, unusual sit-in after being unable to push Speaker Paul D. Ryan to call a vote on legislation to curb gun sales.

Democrats sat on the chamber floor, spoke passionately about victims of gun violence and sang “God Bless America” into the wee hours outside the Capitol. But by Thursday morning they were protesting to an almost empty chamber after Republicans recessed for the long Independence Day holiday week.

Outside on the Capitol steps, Democratic members were greeted as they left with shouts of “We’re with...

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