Protesters — many of them labor-union activists who support the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York in September –gathered outside the lawmakers offices to highlight unemployment and press the lawmakers to shun move to cut unemployment benefits.
“You have the moral imperative to support those who are slipping,” rabbi Erica Asch told demonstrators.
An AFP report said that the protesters then chanted slogans under the windows of House Speaker John Boehner’s office. Around 100 of them headed inside and reached the speaker’s closed door, but they left five minutes later without incident.
The protesters staged sit-ins at other lawmakers’ offices in an attempt to secure meetings with their elected representatives, centered on jobs and the economy, the report added.