Six progressive House Democratic staffers arrested for climate change protest inside Sen. Schumer’s office

In the view of some leftist activists, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) hasn’t done enough in his leadership position to advance the progressive climate change legislative agenda.

On Monday, six staffers for Democratic House members were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for staging a protest inside Schumer’s office to demand that he do more to get climate change proposals enacted into law, Axios reported.

Schumer had been negotiating up until recently with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on certain legislative measures dealing with climate change and other issues, but those talks reportedly broke down over Manchin’s concerns about such proposals negatively impacting inflation and the domestic energy industry.

House staffers demand climate change action from Schumer

The Daily Wire reported that the six House staffers were identified as Saul Levin, Aria Kovalovich, Rajiv Sicora, Courtney Koelhel, Phillip Bennett, and Emma Preston, and they were arrested after engaging in a sit-in protest in Leader Schumer’s office in the Hart Senate Building.

“Six demonstrators were arrested for DC Code §22-3302 Unlawful Entry for failing to leave the office after they were told to leave,” Capitol Police told the outlet. “The six people who were arrested are all House staffers.”

Kovalovich, a staffer for progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), tweeted Monday morning, “Congressional staff are staging a peaceful sit-in in @SenSchumer’s office to protest our leaders’ failure and inaction on climate policy and urge them to use every last negotiating tool to meet this moment. The time to act is NOW. Staffers, come through.”

Moments earlier, Levin — son of Rep. Andy Levin (D-MD) and staffer for Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) — announced on Twitter, “BREAKING: we, staffers of the US Congress, are peacefully sitting in on Senator Schumer’s office to demand Dems pass climate justice policy this year. We are putting our bodies on the line because we have no other choice. Follow along for updates from inside!”

In a follow-up tweet about 15 minutes later, Levin posted, “Right now, we Hill staffers are peacefully protesting Dem leaders INSIDE. To my knowledge, this has never been done. We’ve also never seen climate catastrophe, so we’re meeting the moment. Follow along as we fight with everything we have to jumpstart climate negotiations.”

Following the arrests, but before the handcuffed staffers were placed in the back of a Capitol Police van, Levin told NBC News reporter Julia Jester that he wanted Schumer to “reopen the negotiations on climate reconciliation package and to actually pass climate legislation,” and when asked why the staffers had protested Schumer and not Manchin, replied, “Because there’s always going to be a sheep that strays away from the herd. It’s the job of leadership to get the party together.”

Staffers protested in the wrong office

Hilariously, Politico reported that the arrested House staffers actually targeted the wrong office for their protest as they staged their sit-in at Sen. Schumer’s ceremonial office in the Hart building that he rarely ever uses because he instead spends all of his time in the leadership offices located inside the Capitol Building.

The outlet further noted that this was but one of many recent or planned protests demanding climate change action, as some protesters actually showed up outside White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain’s Maryland home over the weekend and it is anticipated that protesters will attempt to disrupt the upcoming annual congressional baseball game later this week.

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