Congressional Leadership

Democrats Expect Sit-In Ban on House Floor
Larson says punishment could come in form of rules change

Connecticut Rep. John B. Larson expects a rule change to prevent future sit-ins on the House floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats returned to Congress this month frustrated that Republicans have not brought gun-related bills to the floor following a nearly 26-hour demonstration in June in the well of the chamber.

But one thing the minority party may expect before the end of September is a rule change to prevent members from orchestrating another sit-in on the floor — and a vote on such a change could be the last thing on the House’s agenda before it dashes off for recess in a few short weeks, Rep. John B. Larson told Roll Call on Tuesday.

Obama to Meet With Congressional Leaders on Funding Government
Senate negotiators worked through weekend on deal to avoid shutdown

The White House confirmed that President Barack Obama would talk to congressional leaders on Monday about a deal to keep the government running past September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders Monday to discuss funding the government to avoid a shutdown and to address the Zika virus.

Senate Republican and Democratic negotiators, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid, worked on a deal through the weekend that would fund the government for three months past Sept. 30, the end of current fiscal year.