Dozens arrested after disability advocates protest at McConnell'

  • Dozens arrested after disability advocates protest at McConnell'

Dozens arrested after disability advocates protest at McConnell'

Following the Senate's release of their version of the health care bill on Thursday, protesters organized outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office to voice their opinion against the legislation.

Several journalists and other people at McConnell's office tweeted the chaotic events as they unfolded, showing that numerous protesters who were removed were using wheelchairs and other medical devices.

Police forcibly removed demonstrators, many with disabilities, from a Senate building on Capitol Hill today.

"Don't touch Medicaid, save our liberty", the protesters chanted outside his office.

ADAPT, the national disability rights group behind the protest said the Senate's bill is a direct threat to the future of people with pre-existing conditions and disabilities.

"I'm pleased that we were able to arrive at a draft that incorporates input from so many different Members, who represent so many different constituents, who are facing so many different challenges", McConnell said while presenting the bill on the Senate floor on Thursday.

But the protest soon turned into chaos as footage shows police dragging protesters from the floor outside McConnell's office.

"It's going to hurt a lot of people and it's going to hurt them to give tax breaks to rich people", O'Donnell said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Capitol Police said they were still processing the arrests. They called their protest a "die-in".

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement: "We can't believe this needs to be said, but it's not okay to drag people out of wheelchairs when they're protesting legislation".

Democrats have vowed to fight the bill, and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy described it as "a monstrosity". The bill limits Medicaid spending. Because many of those in attendance were in wheelchairs, the image of these individuals being removed by police was striking.

U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers warned the demonstrators to cease their unlawful activities or be faced with arrest.