UPDATE: House Democrats end 25-hour sit-in


House Democrats have ended their 25-hour sit-in on the chamber’s floor.        

They still declare victory, though, with one lawmaker saying, "We are going to win this struggle.”

"No bill, no break,” that’s the message from Democratic lawmakers staging a historic sit-in meant to force GOP leaders specifically Speaker Paul Ryan to debate and vote on gun control legislation.

"We are not going to just simply say our thoughts and prayers are with you anymore and see nothing happened we want to vote on these issues. At the very least let us make our case to our colleagues,” said Congressman Jim Langevin.

Democrats are pushing for a vote on expanded background checks and legislation preventing gun sales to people on terror watch lists and no fly lists.

Congressman David Cicilline among those leading the charge. Here’s part of what he said when speaking out on the House floor hours into the protest.

"So many people across this country have been so deeply hurt by gun violence, have lost loved ones, have lost children and always wonder is congress ever going to do anything about it. We showed them today that we have heard them that we are committed to this fight,” said Congressman Cicilline.

This all coming days after four gun amendments failed in the Senate.

Many of the Democrats there coming to the house floor to show their support including senators Warren and Markey.

"It makes no sense that in Iraq in Afghanistan we are trying to take assault weapons out of the hands of terrorists. But, over here in the United States the NRA says it’s ok for terrorists to be able to purchase assault weapons. That makes no sense what-so-ever,” said Senator Markey.

House Speaker Ryan has called this a publicity stunt. He did cut off the chamber video feed, members streaming the protest via periscope.

(C) WLNE 2016