Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is looking into potential punishment for House Democrats who staged a sit-in on the chamber floor two weeks ago. But those Democrats weren’t the first lawmakers to ever take a seat on the fine carpet there.
In 2003, before he was House speaker, John Boehner was caught taking in a portion of then-President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address from the floor.
Presumably, Boehner was coming in from a smoke break, and, as far as we know, no punishment was meted out.
Of course, there’s probably a difference between trying to get back to your seat during the State of the Union and hijacking the House floor to make a point about gun violence in this country, but don’t ruin this for us.