Democrats have taken to the Senate floor, demanding the upper chamber pass a House bill that would end the government shutdown.
The House has passed 10 bills thus far that give any number of possibilities of funding for border security to no avail. The Senate was scheduled to vote on two bills at 2:30 p.m. EST — one is the Democratic bill and another the GOP alternative.
Politico’s Jake Sherman and Variety’s Ted Johnson captured the moment the Democrats marched down the hallowed halls:
HAPPENING NOW…. A bunch of house Dems are marching to the senate to pressure them to reopen government.
Both bills expected to fail. pic.twitter.com/vAouS9OKKu
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 24, 2019
House freshmen now marching to Senate chamber, as Senate is about to vote on bills that could end shutdown. pic.twitter.com/rE0hODZGqz
— Ted Johnson (@tedstew) January 24, 2019
NOW: a couple dozen House Democrats just entered the Senate chamber to watch the shutdown votes.
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) January 24, 2019
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) January 24, 2019
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) waged her own efforts to lobby the Senate this week when she went on a journey attempting to locate Mitch McConnell, who proved nowhere to be found.