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Disability advocates protest outside McConnell's office over health care bill

Disability advocates protest outside McConnell's office over health care bill

On Thursday morning, dozens of disabled rights protesters gained national attention when they staged a sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office, chanting, "No cuts to Medicaid-save our liberty!"

The activists, many of whom had disabilities, were protesting Senate Republicans' health care bill, which includes deep cuts to Medicaid.

Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer spoke out against the newly released Senate Republican health care bill on Thursday, calling the proposed legislation "heartless" and a "wolf in sheep's clothing".

Most of the protesters arrived in wheelchairs and went limp when authorities asked them to move along.

"Don't touch Medicaid, save our liberty", the protesters chanted outside McConnell's office. "They were literally carried from the space out to a separate area".

Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities. He said that would give lawmakers time to finish when they return to the Capitol for a three-week stretch in July before Congress' summer break. The Washington Post reported that several people were arrested during the protest.

Such is their majority in the Senate, Republicans can afford to lose two Senators and still see the bill approved when it is voted on next week.

"It does not keep our promises to the American people".




U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said officers warned the demonstrators to "cease their unlawful activities" or risk being arrested.

In one illustration, an outside political group run by Trump allies has run ads against Heller and threatens more against other GOP senators opposed to the bill.

GOP senators were planning to travel to the White House later Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump.

Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law.

Emerging from the session, McConnell did not answer when asked if he has the votes to pass the GOP proposal.

Tense situation outside McConnell's Russell office as protesters gather.

Lobbyists and congressional aides say the Senate bill would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and rescind tax increases that Obama imposed to help pay for his law's expansion of coverage.


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