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House Democrats make habit of voting on legislation that doesn’t change any laws
For four legislative weeks the House has held votes on nonbinding resolutions used for messaging

Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, center, is the sponsor of the House’s latest nonbinding resolution, a measure condemning the Trump administration for arguing in federal court that the entire 2010 health care law should be overturned. He is pictured with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., right at a rally on the matter on Tuesday outside the Supreme Court. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats are forming a nonbinding habit. For four legislative weeks in a row, the new majority has held votes on resolutions that do not carry the force of law and are designed simply to send a message.

A Roll Call analysis found that roughly one out of every five votes the House has taken this year while the government has been open have been on nonbinding measures.

So What’s Going On In Congress With Gun Control?
 

Senate Plans Vote on Gun-Control Proposals
Votes expected to come next week as Obama calls for action; House leaders remain in their corner

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) meets with Sharon Risher, whose mother and two cousins were killed in the 2015 Charleston, S.C., shooting, before a news conference in the Capitol on Democratic on gun control measures. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CT) center right, and Tina Meins, whose father was killed in the San Bernardino shooting, also appear. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate is set to begin a series of gun-related votes as early as  Monday, with Democrats pledging to work through the weekend to secure GOP support.  

Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a Senate floor speech Thursday that he talked with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and there was an agreement on allowing votes on two Democratic gun measures as amendments to a spending bill.