ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) reports:
Eleven faith leaders from a range of denominations were arrested in the Capitol Rotunda Thursday as they staged a protest urging Congress to pass a budget agreement.
Led by former Rep. Bob Edgar, D-Penn, and current president of Common Cause, the faith leaders kneeled on the floor of the Capitol Rotunda while praying and singing gospel hymns. Capitol Police evacuated tourists and press from the rotunda before arresting the protestors. Police handcuffed the protestors with plastic ties and escorted them out of the rotunda. Among the protestors was Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia, who was sitting in a wheelchair for most of the protest but lifted out of it upon his arrest.
The faith leaders met with Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J. and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, prior to their protest.
“Talk about debt ceiling is dry and arcane. What we need to do is make sure people understand that what we’re talking about here is the greatness of America and the prosperity in the broader sense of the American people,” Holt told the group before the protest.