UPDATED 7:32 AM PT – Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Six congressional staffers were arrested after protesting in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) office. On Monday, the progressive staffers confronted the lawmaker to restart so-called green energy negotiations with =Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
Last month, talks with Manchin on a climate, energy and the tax bill fell through. One of the demonstrators claimed they were pushing Schumer to combat so-called climate change while Democrats still hold both Houses of Congress.
USCP arrested six House staffers this afternoon for protesting inside @SenSchumer’s office demanding the majority leader restart negotiations to pass climate legislation.
— Julia Jester (@JulesJester) July 25, 2022
Capitol Police released the protesters shortly after. The demonstrators are staffers for a number of House progressives, including Rep. Ilhan Omar, (D-Minn.), Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.).
This morning, 5 of my coworkers and I were arrested for peacefully protesting in @SenSchumer’s office. Amid record heat waves & worsening climate disasters, we called on the Majority Leader to pass climate policy as a matter of urgency. His office called the police. pic.twitter.com/yaw02mKILO
— esp✨ (@emmasage__) July 25, 2022
According to reports, talks between Manchin and Schumer were put on hold following the release of the Consumer Price Index report. The data showed an alarming 9.1 percent increase in inflation over the last year.