22 Debt Bill Protesters Arrested

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — U.S. Capitol Police arrested 22 protesters Monday for disrupting the House of Representatives’ debt-ceiling debate.

Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said the noisy protesters in the visitors’ gallery were taken into custody about 3:20 p.m. EDT and cited with “disruption of Congress,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

The protesters expressed disapproval of corporate tax breaks that were not eliminated in the compromise deal worked out by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama, the newspaper said.

The House later passed the deficit-cutting and debt ceiling-raising measure. The Senate is to take it up Tuesday.

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