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  • Raising a Question of the Privileges of the House

    by Senator Nancy Pelosi

    Posted on 2015-12-10

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    PELOSI. Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of the privileges of the House and offer the following resolution.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Womack). The Clerk will report the resolution.

    The Clerk read as follows: Whereas the safety of the American people is urgently at stake; Whereas the integrity of the legislative process has been seriously undermined by the influence of a powerful lobby, causing the House leadership to prevent the American people's representatives from considering commonsense measures to prevent terrorists from purchasing assault weapons and firearms from any licensed firearms dealer in the United States; Whereas the first duty of Members of Congress is to protect and defend the American people, and that duty is forsaken by the failure of the House leadership to withstand the influence of a powerful lobby controlled by the gun industry; Whereas leaders of terrorist organizations have previously urged sympathizers to exploit the United States' lax gun laws in order to perpetrate domestic terror; Whereas suspects on the FBI's Terrorist Watchlist can go into a gun store anywhere in America and buy dangerous firearms of their choosing legally; Whereas since 2004, more than 2,000 suspected terrorists have legally purchased weapons in the United States; Whereas in that time period, more than 90 percent of all suspected terrorists who tried to buy a gun in a store in America walked away with his or her weapon of choice; Whereas the House leadership ensures the ability of suspected terrorists to continue to buy guns and refuses to schedule legislation to close the terror list loophole; Whereas since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school nearly 3 years ago, more than 1,000 mass shootings, 90,000 gun deaths, and 210,000 gun injuries have occurred; and Whereas mass shootings and gun violence are inflicting daily tragedy on communities across America: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That-- (1) a clear and present danger exists to the American people; and (2) in order to protect the American people and the integrity of the legislative process, upon the adoption of this resolution, the Speaker shall place H.R. 1076, the ``Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act'', as introduced by Congressman Peter King (Republican- NY), on the calendar for an immediate vote.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Does the gentlewoman from California wish to present argument on the parliamentary question whether the resolution presents a question of the privileges of the House?

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