Congressman John Lewis calls on House leadership to bring gun reform vote to the floor

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, is leading a cadre of his colleagues in a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, vowing to continue the protest until the Republican House leaders call for a vote on “common sense gun control legislation.”

In an eloquent and impassioned speech before starting the sit-in, Lewis — surrounded by other lawmakers, most of whom, like Lewis, wore rainbow ribbons on their lapels in tribute to the Orlando murder victims — Lewis accused Congress of having “turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent.” He continued, “Where is the heart of this body? Where is our soul? Where is our moral leadership? Where is our courage?”

Lewis declared that “the time for silence and patience is long gone. We’re calling on the leadership of the House to bring common sense gun control legislation to the House floor for a vote Give us a vote! Let us vote! We came here to do our job. …

“We will be silent no more. The time for silence is over.”

Watch the video of his speech below:

—  Tammye Nash

Congressman Lamar Smith doesn’t think LGBT people should be allowed to serve on juries

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Anti-gay Texas Republican Congressman Lamar Smith is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which is reviewing a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for jurors.

Attorneys are not prohibited from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity during jury selection by federal courts. The U.S. Department of Justice declined to take a position last year on whether Supreme Court rulings that prohibit removal based on race or sex should include sexual orientation.

A spokesman for Smith told the Colorado Independent that he has “no plans to move the bill at this time.”

The bill was introduced last month by Rep. Steve Rothman, D- New Jersey, and is co-sponsored by Rep. Susan Davis, D-California, and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat from the District of Columbia.

But Smith’s opposition to the bill means it is unlikely to get a hearing.

—  Dallasvoice

DADT update: Pelosi says she believes 'votes are there' for DADT repeal in House

Roll Call is reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the “votes are there” to pass an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that would repeal “don’t ask don’t tell.” The House will debate the Defense Authorization Act, as well as the amendment, this afternoon. You can watch the proceedings live by going here. раскрутить сайт в яндексе

—  John Wright