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From Buz­zfeedWASHINGTON — House Repub­li­cans are leav­ing town with­out hand­ing out any sanc­tions against Democ­rats for break­ing House rules dur­ing their sit-in over gun con­trol, despite com­ments from GOP lead­er­ship ear­li­er this month that they would be tak­ing action “in the very near future.”

Not enough floor time avail­able giv­en how quick­ly the votes went,” said Ash­Lee Strong, spokes­woman for the speaker’s office, in an email.

Asked if the sanc­tions would hap­pen when the House returns after the elec­tion, Strong direct­ed sched­ul­ing ques­tions to Major­i­ty Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office.

A spokesman for McCarthy said Repub­li­cans are “still work­ing through the options we have before us.”

Most notably, one option requires us to insti­tute changes to House Rules – which we typ­i­cal­ly begin work on dur­ing our post-elec­tion ses­sion,” the spokesman said.

Democ­rats see the delay as a sign that “cool­er heads pre­vailed,” said Drew Ham­mill, spokesman for Minor­i­ty Leader Nan­cy Pelosi.

We, of course, wel­comed the oppor­tu­ni­ty for the House GOP to remind the Amer­i­can pub­lic of their con­tin­u­ing inac­tion in the face of episode after episode of sense­less gun vio­lence,” he said.

Democ­rats in recent weeks tried to paint the pend­ing pun­ish­ment as less about enforc­ing the rules and more about per­son­al­ly attack­ing Rep. John Lewis, a leader in the civ­il rights move­ment.

In June, as the House was prepar­ing to leave for the July 4th recess with­out address­ing gun vio­lence, Democ­rats launched a floor protest that angered GOP lead­ers, who dis­missed the sit-in as lit­tle more than a fundrais­ing stunt.

Ear­li­er this month, both McCarthy and Speak­er Paul Ryan spoke of the impor­tance of tak­ing action against Democ­rats for the sit-in and their rank and file mem­berssup­port­ed them.

There are numer­ous rules that were bro­ken. That’s not the way a democ­ra­cy works and I think you will see appro­pri­ate mea­sure tak­en in the very near future,” McCarthy told reporters ear­ly in Sep­tem­ber. “Are you going to let the House stand with that behav­ior going for­ward? I think it would cre­ate real dam­age to the rep­u­ta­tion of the House in the long term.”

And Ryan had said the sanc­tions were nec­es­sary “so that democ­ra­cy can work… so that Repub­li­cans and Democ­rats can actu­al­ly talk to one anoth­er and be rea­son­able with one anoth­er.”

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