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U.S. protesters occupy Senate minority leader's office


08:38, November 04, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Approximately 20 protesters on Thursday occupied the office of the U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, asking to meet with the Republican senator to discuss job issues.

The protesters, mostly unemployed, were from jobs advocacy group OurDC. They began to occupy McConnell's office in the Russell Senate Office Building before noon, and it's unknown when they leave.

"OurDC members are sitting-in Sen. McConnell's office. We are waiting to meet with the Sen to talk about the jobs vote today," the group said via its Twitter account, referring to a 60-billion- dollar spending bill that President Barack Obama proposed to boost infrastructure jobs.

The measure was set to be voted in the Senate later Thursday but was expected to be defeated amid Republican opposition.

Members of McConnell's staff had offered to talk with them but was refused. The protesters insisted that they have face-to-face meeting with the minority leader himself.

"We are super patient. But we want to know why Sen. McConnell won't meet with unemployed DC residents," the group tweeted.

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