Today in One Paragraph
It was a busy day on Capitol Hill: Georgia Representative John Lewis led House Democrats in a sit-in to protest the chamber’s refusal to vote on gun measures; Florida Senator Marco Rubio said he’ll run for re-election; Hillary Clinton met with House Democrats for the first time since securing the Democratic nomination; and House Republicans introduced a plan to replace Obamacare. Meanwhile in New York, Donald Trump attacked Clinton in a speech. And the U.S. Justice Department announced the largest health-care fraud takedown in U.S. history.
Congress Stages a Sit-In. Days after the Senate voted down four gun-control measures proposed in response to the Orlando nightclub attack, congressional Democrats sat on the House floor in protest. “We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action,” said Representative John Larson. “Rise up Democrats, rise up Americans, this cannot stand.” The CSPAN cameras in the chamber are controlled by the Republican majority and have been turned off, but House members are documenting the protest on social media. We’re following it live here. (The Atlantic)
Rubio’s 180. The Florida senator and former Republican presidential candidate announced in a statement that he changed his mind and will run for re-election in November, after insisting for months that he would not. Rubio said he made the reversal because “the Senate’s role of being able to act as a check and balance on bad ideas from the president I think are going to matter more in 2017.” (Manu Raju and Tom LoBianco, CNN)