Congressional staffers arrested during sit-in outside Chuck Schumer's office

Congressional staffers arrested during sit-in outside Chuck Schumer's office
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A group of Capitol Hill staffers was arrested on Monday morning during a sit-in outside of United States Senator Chuck Schumer's (D-New York) office. The demonstration was organized to push lawmakers into resurrecting President Joe Biden's climate change agenda after it was torpedoed last week by conservative Democratic Senator and West Virginia coal baron Joe Manchin.

"Right now: 17 congressional staffers are sitting in at Chuck Schumer’s office in the Senate, demanding that he reopen climate negotiations," The New Yorker's Andrew Marantz posted in a live Twitter thread that contained a picture of the participants.

"All 17 are House or Senate staffers wearing business attire. All calm and orderly so far. AFAIK, no internal protest like this has ever happened before within Congress," Marantz reported, noting that the individuals had displayed banners that said, “Climate Action Now!” and “Keep Negotiating, Chuck” while singing “Solidarity Forever."

READ MORE: Biden forges ahead with climate change agenda as Northern Hemisphere sizzles

The protest was brief. Shortly after it began, Capitol Police officers arrived on the scene and arrested those involved.

"Everyone in police custody," Marantz observed, adding that the "whole thing took about half an hour." One of the people quipped to him, "guess Chuck really didn’t want to talk about climate today.”

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