Democratic Staffers Arrested at Chuck Schumer’s Office

Democratic Staffers Arrested at Chuck Schumer's Office

ARRESTS Made At Chuck Schumer’s Office!

( – Climate change is one of the top concerns for Democrats, but Congress has done little to act on it. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has made it clear he doesn’t support the party’s current proposals on the matter. Recently, police arrested a group of congressional staffers for protesting at the offices of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over the issue.

On July 25, six House staffers went to Schumer’s office to demand he restart negotiations with Manchin. Saul Levin, one of Rep. Cori Bush’s (D-MO) policy advisers, live-tweeted during the sit-in. He said they wanted the majority leader to “negotiate like this is the coldest summer” of their lives.

Five other Progressives joined Levin; they were

  • Philip Bennett, who works for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN);
  • Aria Kovalovich and Emma Preston, who came from Rep. Ro Khanna’s (D-CA) office;
  • Courtney Koelbel, who works as an aide for Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and;
  • Rajiv Sicora, who works for Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY).

Capitol Police responded to the sit-in. Officers arrested them for unlawful entry after they refused to leave upon receiving orders to do so. As they were being led away in handcuffs, Levin told NBC’s Julia Jester that they chose to protest at Schumer’s office, not Manchin’s, because it’s the responsibility of “leadership to get the party together.”

Schumer hasn’t commented on the protest.

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