Solidarity starts with snacks
On Wednesday, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives staged a sit-in on the House floor, promising not to leave until House Speaker Paul Ryan called for votes on pending gun control legislation and organizing support on social media using the hashtag #NoBillNoBreak. And while the representatives came ready to stay on the House floor for as long as it would take, some were more prepared than others—Representative Katherine Clark told the Boston Globe she, “brought my suitcase. I have snacks and a toothbrush in my purse with me on the floor.” After several hours of sitting, all the representatives and their supporters could’ve used some extra sustenance. Fortunately, the Senate Democrats delivered. Quite literally.
Led by Senator Maizie Hirono, Democratic Senators organized a delivery of snacks to the U.S. House in a show of solidarity and support of the House Democrats. Representative Joe Kennedy tweeted out a picture of the list of gifted snacks, with his thanks to his colleagues, many of which were definitely breakfast-friendly. There were Pop-Tarts from Senator Gary Peters and Chobani yogurt from Senator Chuck Schumer, along with Craisins from Senator Patty Murphy (which would probably taste great in that Greek yogurt from New York).
Even though Senator Sherrod Brown was listed as donating “Apples, Candy and Chips,” a tweet from Representative John Yarmuth of Senator Brown’s care package reveals several boxes of Pop-Tarts.
House Democrats seem to have a real sweet tooth, because later in the evening, Senator Elizabeth Warren, also of Massachusetts, brought boxes of Dunkin’ Donuts to the House.
After nearly twelve hours of protest from Democrats, Speaker Ryan ended the session late on Wednesday night without calling a vote on gun control. As a result, about 16 representatives spent the night on the House floor. Among them was Representative Ted Deutch from Florida, who tweeted out an address where supporters could send some much-needed breakfast and coffee deliveries if they so desired.
As of this publication, a group of Democrats were still in the House, and everyone, including reporters, was getting ready for another long day ahead.
(Update: The sit-in ended on Thursday afternoon after 25 hours on the floor. No word on if there were leftover snacks.)