Protesters interrupted the debt-limit debate on the House floor Monday to demand that tax increases be put on the table.
“Hey Boehner, get a clue. It’s about revenue,” the dozen or so protesters chanted from the public viewing gallery.
They were pulled out of the gallery by police, and were put in plastic handcuffs in the hallway outside of the chamber. Even still, they continued chanting the whole time, and could still be heard inside the House chamber.
“I understand the message of the protest, but they picked the wrong place,” said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, who was delivering a floor speech on the debt-limit bill when the outburst happened.
President Obama and his allies had fought to include tax increases in the debt-limit bill, arguing it was the best way to spread “sacrifice” across the country. Instead, the final bill only focuses on spending cuts in the near term, though it creates a committee that could both increase taxes or cut entitlement spending in the future.
As they were being led away, protesters said they were part of activist groups National People’s Action and Vocal New York.
Meanwhile, one man being led out of the chamber by police insisted to reporters he wasn’t part of any of the groups and wasn’t protesting.