"I think the speaker heard us. He's listening," said Lewis, a highly respected veteran of the civil rights movement. "But he couldn't give us any assurances or guarantee that the bills that we've been asking to be placed on the agenda, that they would be brought up."
Democrats have not let on about their specific plans moving forward, but they have
promised to keep the heat on Republicans to schedule votes on two gun control bills in the wake of the Orlando shootings -- o
ne that would bar people on the terror watch list from purchasing guns and another that would expand background checks for firearms.
Ryan so far has held the line. He's scheduled a vote on an NRA-backed measure this week that would give federal law enforcement agencies 72 hours to go to court to try and stop a gun sale if they have probable cause of ties to terrorism. Democrats say the legislation, which the Senate rejected last month, is inadequate.