A Nebraskan Congressman is unimpressed with a sit-in staged by House Democrats, saying it might even harm efforts to address the problems that led to the mass shootings in Orlando.
More than a dozen Democrats staged a 26-hour sit-in on the House floor, calling on majority Republicans to allow debate on gun control in wake of the shootings that killed 49 in Orlando.
“Well, I think it’s a distraction from what we need to get done,” Smith tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “It’s a distraction from the issue itself. The very, very tragic events in Orlando, I believe, were events of terrorists.”
House Democrats demanded a vote on gun control. House Republicans refused. After the House approved $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, majority Republicans gaveled the House to end the business day very early Thursday morning.
When Democrats refused to end their protest, Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin adjourned the House until after the Independence Day holiday.
Smith says Congress needs to unite to fight terrorism, not divide over the issue of guns.
“I really do believe that it actually hurts the effort, because let’s face it any controversial issue that needs to be resolved, will need to be done on a bipartisan basis,” according to Smith.
The House is adjourned until July 5th.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]