Protesters Call Out Cornyn, Cruz, Other GOP Senators on Healthcare

Sylvia Higgins, a registered nurse from Corpus Christi, had the day off work Thursday. So she came to Washington D.C. to join in a mass protest in senators’ offices organized by Indivisible and other groups.Higgins came to represent her union, National Nurses United, and tell Texas Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz why they should support healthcare for all.“I write them every week, and I get back the same form letter,” she said. “We just want to continue to remind people what we need and that it is is healthcare as a basic human right available to everyone.”The several hundred protesters spread out throughout the Senate office buildings, organized so as to include constituents in groups whenever possible and try get to all 52 GOP senators. The Capitol Police preemptively briefed and sent out about 100 additional police officers to patrol the halls of the Senate buildings starting in the early afternoon. In a statement, police said they began addressing protest activity at about 2:45 pm at 42 locations.Higgins and three others from Texas were in a group of about 10 who came in to Sen. Ted Cruz’s office, one of whom was in a wheelchair. The group was received by staff, as the senator was not in his office.  Continue reading...

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