Republican Senator says he’d arrest Democrats who held sit-in
North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis would like to have seen the Democrats who sat on the House floor arrested.
“The business of the House is more important than the antics that we see going on there, and if it were my chamber, it would be cleared and people would be arrested, if that’s what’s necessary to get us back to the task at hand,” the North Carolina lawmaker said on the Senate floor. The protest, which prompted House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to begin the body’s scheduled recess early, came to an end Thursday afternoon after 25 hours.
“Why people would use the pulpit of the House floor of the House chamber to advance their political agenda, to advance their fund-raising—go out to their political web sites and see how many of them have sent out an e-mail over the past week exploiting a political tragedy for their political purposes?” Tillis charged, shortly before the sit-in ended. “I think it is disgusting.”