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Ministers arrested for protest in Capitol Rotunda

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It's not illegal to pray in the Capitol. Both chambers of Congress open with a prayer each morning, but police were called in when 11 faith leaders dropped to their knees in the middle of the Capitol Rotunda.

The multi-denominational group was arrested for obstruction, and they knew it was coming.

D.C. Pastor Jennifer Butler says it's important to protest the spending cuts being negotiated as part of the deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

"I just can't believe the point at which this nation has arrived, where we're willing to balance budgets on the backs of the poor and the vulnerable," she says. "We're willing to throw old people out on the streets, we're willing to cut Medicare and we're willing to cut Social Security – the programs that are helping families survive in the worst economy since the 1920s."

Within the next hour the House is expected to vote on legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, a deal that includes more than $9 billion in spending cuts.

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