This Congresswoman And War Vet Made A Powerful Statement During The House Sit-In

People are calling her a badass.

House Democrats held a sit-in Wednesday demanding votes on gun control following last week's mass shooting in Orlando. One congresswoman, Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, is being called a "badass" on social media for her participation in the protest.

Rep. Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran who was wounded in combat and had to have both legs amputated. However, she didn't let her disability stop her from joining her fellow Democrats on the House floor to call for reform. A photo made its way around Twitter showing Duckworth out of her wheelchair with her prosthetics removed.


But that's not the only reason people are praising her.

Although the official feed to C-SPAN was cut off by the Republican majority during much of the sit-in, the network aired footage recorded by House members. Photos and video from inside the Capitol were also shared on social media.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Duckworth hid her cell phone in one of her prosthetic legs so it wouldn't be taken.

Duckworth, who lost her legs in 2004 and has been serving in the House since 2013, is currently running for U.S. Senate. She shared updates on her Twitter account throughout the sit-in.

Many Twitter users commended Duckworth's actions.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, House Republicans voted to adjourn until after the July 4th holiday. As of this writing, several Democrats still remain on the floor.


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