The veteran Democrat, who died Thursday at 68, recited a poem he said he lived by during his first-ever address in the chamber.
Faced with an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump has openly defied the core constructs of the Constitution.
“Your statements come at a time when we would hope to see Americans standing up and speaking out," the legislators wrote in a letter.
Most activists are satisfied with House Democrats' approach, but some want more.
The meltdown shows he "can’t stand respecting brown immigrant woman’s power over him," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said.
The House speaker is in the middle of Democrats' fight over impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
The Minnesota representative was seen jamming with other elected officials at an event during Congressional Black Caucus week in Washington, D.C.
GOP officials are blaming Democrats after the Trump administration defunded military projects in their states.