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In her remarks today, Hillary remembered the late Senator John Glenn who passed away today.  The occasion was a tribute to Harry Reid who is retiring after 30 years representing Nevada. Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer, who succeeds Reid as Leader, shared the podium in reminiscing on Reid’s long career. Both Hillary and Schumer quoted words from Paul Simon’s “The Boxer.”  Reid was a a boxer at one time.  The event was held at the Russell Senate Office Building.

Read’s remarks were typically acerbic. There were moments when he seemed emotional. Harry stuck around so that every single person in the room who wanted a picture with him got one. You could tell he was very touched.

Here is a full video of the proceedings.

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The portrait was unveiled and it is truly extraordinary!

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Following her appearance at LULAC today, Hillary stopped by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where she laid a wreath with New York Rep. Joseph Crowley and them went to Capitol Hill where she met with Senators for lunch and posed for pictures with Senate pages.

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Hillary paid a visit to Capitol Hill this morning before leaving for Raleigh to deliver a speech on the economy.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. as they arrive for a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After she left, House Democrats commenced a sit-in in the House chamber that is ongoing.  The purpose is to force a vote on gun legislation.  House cameras and mics have been turned off, but C-SPAN is streaming Periscope video from Scott Peters.

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The Republicans were like,”Let’s blow off these votes and get on to the important thing – the Cavs.”  For shame! As soon as the vote was over and recorded Rob Portman got up and started talking NBA finals.

Oh! And CNN has decided that Trump firing Lewandowski is the only newsworthy story of the day – nothing about the Senate votes. Good grief!

This came a few minutes ago.

It is heartbreaking.

We just voted on two commonsense gun reforms overwhelmingly supported by the American people.

Like clockwork, according to an article on GunSafeReview.net, Republican Senators voted in lockstep with the NRA — and against action to save thousands of American lives from gun violence.

Enough. This painful cycle of violence, shock, heartbreak, and prayers — only to be followed by inaction — is unacceptable.

But I’m not giving up — and I know you won’t either.

We’re going to continue fighting for gun reform.

And we’re going to do everything in our power to take back the Senate — and replace Republicans who side with the NRA with Democrats who demand action on gun reform!

Please add your name now to say you won’t back down, not now, not ever. I need you and our PAC for a Change community to stay in this fight. Are you in?

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Thank you for not backing down on gun reform — no matter how much the NRA tries to stop us.

In Friendship,

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator

And this.

Like clockwork, another American community is torn apart by a horrendous mass shooting made possible by easy access to tactical-style weapons.

Like clockwork, Congress convenes to honor the victims with a moment of silence.

And like clockwork, this Congress does nothing to prevent the next tragedy.The hateful attack in Orlando is antithetical to American values. We stand for love, tolerance and unity — not hatred, violence and division. After countless mass shootings, including in Roseburg, and now Orlando, I have said our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s time to act.

Last week, I took part in a Democratic filibuster in the U.S. Senate for gun safety reform.  We took over the Senate floor because the Republican majority refused to act. Republican leaders seem to care more about their NRA rating than keeping Americans safe, and that is unacceptable.

Because of our filibuster Republicans agreed to have a vote on commonsense gun safety laws proposed by Senate Democrats.

But, tonight, like clockwork, Senate Republicans refused to stand up to the NRA and failed to vote to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.

I want you to know that although Senate Republicans refuse to act, I refuse to be complicit. I refuse to let these mass shootings continue to take place like clockwork.

Thanks for standing with me,

Ron Wyden

This.

Last week, I joined Senator Chris Murphy and fellow Democrats on the floor of the Senate for a historic 15-hour filibuster to demand action on commonsense gun reforms.

Our request was simple. We asked Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to schedule a vote on two bills — one that prevents terrorists from purchasing guns and one that expands background checks. And after 15 hours, Senate Republicans finally caved and scheduled a vote for ton‌ight.

The vote just ended, and it pains me to say that toni‌ght, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans voted against these two commonsense gun reform measures and blocked them from passing. I’m appalled that Senate Republicans chose once again to side with the NRA. I’m appalled that they chose to do so right now, in the wake of the worst shooting in U.S. History.

Today, I’m launching an emergency petition to hold Republican Senators accountable for voting against these commonsense gun safety measures (and I need you to join me): Click here to sign my emergency petition denouncing Senate Republicans who voted against gun reforms.

It’s clear that we need immense public pressure to get Senate Republicans to budge on this issue. So with this petition, we’re calling out every Republican senator who voted “NO” toni‌ght.

Please add your name to my petition calling them out.

Thanks,

Maria Cantwell
U.S. Senator

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HRC_6.20-gun-voteOur thoughts and prayers are not enough.

So many of us repeated that refrain after the tragic murder of 49 at an LGBT club in Orlando last weekend — there have been far too many shootings in the last few years, and too little done to prevent them.

For too long, Republican members of Congress, under marching orders from the NRA, have blocked any form of gun violence prevention legislation — including reforms that are patently obvious, like prohibiting suspected terrorists from buying guns and expanding background checks to more gun sales. We need both to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.

Last Tuesday, Senator Chris Murphy — who was serving as the congressman from Newtown, Connecticut when a shooter killed 26 people at an elementary school — stood on the Senate floor and announced that he was beginning a filibuster that would not end until Republicans called for a vote on these reforms. He was joined by dozens of senators, from both sides of the aisle — and it worked. The Senate is voting on important gun violence prevention measures today.

Speaking up matters. Stand with Senator Murphy and the Senate Democrats by adding your name today:

Thanks,

Hillary

Here is a tool to help you contact your Senators.

I wanted to make sure you knew what’s going on! Tonight, the Senate is voting on a bill on gun violence prevention. Share this opportunity with your community and tell your Senator to vote in favor of gun violence prevention. To stand with Hillary and join the action, sign up at this link. You’ll get a call with a quick tip on what to say, and then you’ll be immediately connected to your Senator’s office:

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/forms/gvp-calls/

One call from a constituent could change the way this vote goes – let’s make sure it goes in favor of gun violence prevention.

Or you can call this number:1-855-285-3803. You will be connected with one of your Senators.  Do it a second time to connect to the other Senator.


 

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There is zero chance that Bernie Sanders will be the nominee, and he won’t suspend his campaign.  Technically that keeps us all on the hook for big bucks.  All of this is framed by his crusade to “transform” the Democratic Party – a party he did not stand with for the Senate filibuster.

An expensive reminder that Sanders still hasn’t dropped out: His Secret Service detail

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives at the Capital Hilton last week, his Secret Service detail in tow, to meet with rival and presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.© Matt McClain/The Washington Post Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives at the Capital Hilton last week, his Secret Service detail in tow, to meet with rival and presumptive nominee…

BURLINGTON, Vt. — When Sen. Bernie Sanders, the now-vanquished Democratic presidential candidate, returns to Capitol Hill to vote Monday, he is expected to be accompanied by his constant traveling companions from the campaign trail: the U.S. Secret Service.

Although Hillary Clinton has clinched the party’s nomination, Sanders retains one of the trappings of a top-notch candidate. A team of agents still guards him at his home, where they’ve constructed a small watch station on the property. They travel with him on commercial and charter flights and use a motorcade to whisk him through cities he visits. And they recently marched alongside him during a gay-pride event here in his home town after the Orlando shootings.

Such round-the-clock protection can cost taxpayers more than $38,000 a day. And with the potential for the Secret Service to be watching over Sanders through the Democratic convention in Philadelphia five weeks from now, the taxpayers may get stuck with a big security bill long after his campaign receded from the daily cable-news cycle.

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It ended in the wee hours of the morning.  We are proud of all the senators who joined.

Murphy Ends Filibuster With Reminder of Sandy Hook Teacher’s Bravery

Senate Democrats ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early Thursday after Republican Party leaders reportedly agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said that a compromise had been reached. Votes would be held on whether to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales, he added.

“We did not have that commitment when we started today,” Murphy said.

The nonstop series of speeches stretched 14 hours and 50 minutes. It followed the shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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Here is an updated list of participating senators.
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Curbing gun sales will not prevent another Oklahoma City, Boston Marathon bombing, or 9/11 but can help prevent the next Orlando, Sandy Hook, Charleston, or Colorado Springs.  Trump, McCain, Cruz and other Republicans insist the focus should be on terrorism rather than guns.  Arguably, any attack using assault weapons can be called terrorism, but it is possible ISIS was only the latest convenient excuse for this shooter and banning people from coming here would not have prevented this tragedy. This afternoon, CNN reported this story originally an exclusive to TMZ.  Apparently it checks out.  He could not buy a gun in fifth grade, so that didn’t happen, but there were warnings.

It also should be lost on no one that there were 50 shooting victims in Orlando over the weekend. Christina Grimmie’s murder was quickly eclipsed by the larger massacre – and that could have been a much worse situation had her brother not tackled the shooter. These problems cannot be addressed with a wall or by banning people, as Hillary Clinton tirelessly points out.

So thank you Senator Murphy, all the senators listed above, and Hillary Clinton for shining light on a realistic solution.

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Email from Senator Murphy:

I was the Congressman from Newtown, Connecticut when tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th, 2012. As long as I live, I’ll never forget the scene at the firehouse when twenty-six families were told they would not be reunited with their children and loved ones.

For years, Congress has failed those families and the victims of gun violence all across the country.

That is why yesterday, starting at 11:21 a.m., I decided to stand on the Senate floor and talk for as long as I could about the need to prevent gun violence. And with the help of more than 30 of my colleagues, we demanded immediate action to make our communities safer from gun violence:

I can tell you that as the hours progressed, my colleagues heard your calls for change grow louder and louder. And after almost fifteen hours of filibustering, I was proud to be able to announce that Republicans had agreed to our demand for a vote on legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists and require comprehensive background checks for gun purchases.

That is just one step, and our fight is far from over. But there are millions of voices out there who believe like we do that now is the time for action. And if we keep making ourselves heard, we will save lives.

Add your voice to Hillary Clinton’s and mine to demand Congress take immediate action to make our communities safer from gun violence:


Whether it’s shootings fueled by racism, rage against women, homophobia, extremist ideologies, or severe mental illness, I shudder to think what it says about us as a nation if we don’t even attempt to make a good faith effort to end this carnage. We need to re-think whether or not that’s something we are willing to allow. And like President Obama said on Sunday, doing nothing is a choice, too.

So I am going to stand with Hillary Clinton and continue this fight until Congress has done everything it can to make our communities safer from gun violence.

Thank you for adding your voice to ours.

Chris Murphy
U.S. Senator, Connecticut

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