Six House staffers arrested after climate sit-in at Chuck Schumer’s office

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Six House staffers arrested after climate sit-in at Chuck Schumer's office

Six congressional staffers were arrested on Capitol Hill on Monday after staging a sit-in at the office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, demanding legislative action on climate change.

Saul Levin, a policy adviser to progressive Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), told an NBC News reporter that he and his colleagues wanted Schumer (D-NY) to reopen negotiations with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) — who had withdrawn from a climate deal earlier this month — and “actually pass climate legislation.”

“We’re asking Senator Schumer to negotiate like this is the coldest summer of the rest of our lives (it is),” Levin tweeted during the sit-in.

Manchin, a Democrat who represents the coal-rich state of West Virginia, has repeatedly thwarted efforts to act on climate.

Democrats need all 50 votes in the Senate — including Manchin’s — to pass any kind of climate legislation.

According to reports, some 17 House staffers took part in Monday’s protest.

They were photographed peacefully occupying Schumer’s office with banners and handmade signs that read “Keep Negotiating, Chuck!” and “Our Cities Are Sinking.”

US Capitol Police are seen arresting of the congressional staffers protesting at Schumer's office on Monday.
US Capitol Police are seen arresting the congressional staffers protesting at Schumer’s office on Monday.
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Progressive aides showed up with homemade signs encouraging Schumer to take actions on climate change.
Progressive aides showed up with homemade signs encouraging Schumer to take action on climate change.
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After the activists apparently refused orders to leave, the US Capitol Police led some of them away in handcuffs.

Those arrested in Congress included Levin; Aria Kovalovich and Emma Preston, who work for Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.); Philip Bennet, who serves on the staff of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.); Courtney Koelbel, who’s an aide to Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.); and Rajiv Sicora, who works for Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY).

The staffers sat the the Senate majority leader's office to get their points across.
The staffers sat in the Senate majority leader’s office to get their point across.
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Protesters were calling on Sen. Schumer to reopen talks with Sen. Joe Manchin, who had withdrawn from a climate deal earlier this month.
Protesters were calling on Schumer to reopen talks with Sen. Joe Manchin, who had withdrawn from a climate deal earlier this month.
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Politico reported that Manchin told Democrats during a caucus meeting that he hopes to bring a climate bill back to the floor before the end of next month.

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