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Rep. Esty Offers Care Package For Filibuster Support To Sen. Murphy

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) heads to the Senate to deliver a care package Wednesday to her neighbor, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who was leading a filibuster on the floor of the Senate.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) heads to the Senate to deliver a care package Wednesday to her neighbor, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who was leading a filibuster on the floor of the Senate. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Esty via Facebook

They aren't just Congressional colleagues. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy are neighbors back in Connecticut.

And Esty made a neighborly gesture to her fellow Democrat on Wednesday as she delivered a care package to Murphy as he led a filibuster on the Senate floor .

A quick peek at the box shows: beverages: Red Bull, diet Mountain Dew and Powerade; food; Doritos and other snacks; and essentials: deodorant and foot pads.

"History will remember how Congress responds to this terror threat," Esty said in a Facebook post. "Silence is inexcusable. There is absolutely no reason to continue allowing would-be terrorists who are on the FBI's watch list to buy guns."

Murphy began the filibuster at about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.

"I am prepared to stand on the Senate floor and talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can. I've had #Enough," Murphy said via Twitter ‏@ChrisMurphyCT.

He is permitting questions from other senators but is not yielding the floor. The filibuster was expected to last into the evening and night-time.

The junior senator from Connecticut had earlier Tweeted, "I'm speaking on the Senate floor to honor the victims of the Orlando attack & demand the Senate address gun violence. #Enough."

Murphy has spoken out frequently gun violence since 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in the Sandy Hook School massacre in December 2012.

He has renewed his call for gun control since 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured at a gay nightclub over the weekend in Orlando, Fla., in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.

Murphy was joined by fellow Democrats — including fellow Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal — in an effort to pressure Republicans to accept legislation that would keep suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and require universal background checks, according to Politico.com.

The filibuster is over a Senate spending bill, which Democrats hope to offer gun amendments to.

Click here to watch the filibuster on the official Senate website.

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