Lieberman meets Occupy protesters outside Capitol Hill office
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Connecticut independent
About a dozen Occupy protesters who drove through the night from Connecticut and spent hours camped out in front of Sen. Joe Lieberman's Capitol Hill office got what they came for: a meeting with their senator to press him on extending unemployment insurance and creating jobs.
The group had been waiting in a Hart Building hallway, across the street from the Capitol, for a few hours on Tuesday when a Lieberman aide came out and said the senator was rearranging his schedule to meet with them for 10 minutes.
The protesters, whose ages ranged from early 20s to late 50s, were part of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, which is aligning itself with the Occupy movement and its protest of economic and social inequality.
The group is in Washington for the week as part of the larger "Take Back the Capitol" demonstration, involving thousands of Occupy protesters flooding the city to urge lawmakers to put the interests of struggling Americans before those of the wealthy.
The group headed into Lieberman's office with a handful of talking points: urge their senator to pass an extension of unemployment insurance before it expires at the end of the year, to make sure the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans "pay their fair share," and to push for passage of President Barack Obama's $447 billion American Jobs Act.
When they emerged 15 minutes later and reviewed how the meeting went, the group's unofficial spokesman said he wasn't happy. "We never got an answer to our question on the American Jobs Act. They would not commit to that -- at all," said John Murphy, political director for the Connecticut Citizen Action Group.
The group also lamented that Lieberman seemed to brush aside their calls to provide heating assistance to low-income families. Still, they said they were pleased he reiterated his support for extending unemployment insurance.