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A group of ministers kneel in the Capitol rotunda in protest to a Congressional debt limit deal that they say will harm the poor by cutting core services
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A group of ministers kneel in the Capitol rotunda in protest to a Congressional debt limit deal that they say will harm the poor by cutting core services

The leaders were protesting what they say are government policies that are hurting the nation's poorest people.

You're not allowed to obstruct walkways in the Capitol. So when a group of eleven faith leaders huddled underneath the Capitol's dome while praying and singing, the police shut down the rotunda.

"Closest exits folks," said one Capitol police officer. "If you're not part of the demonstration I need you guys to leave."

There were 11 people arrested. The group of pastors from various denominations are upset over proposals to slash entitlement programs as a part of the deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

Before kneeling in the rotunda, Reverend Jennifer Butler explained why she wanted to be arrested.

"I do this for families who have no hope. I do this for young people who have no jobs who are graduating with debt. I do this for the future of our nation," she said.

House and Senate leaders still haven't worked out a deal to keep the nation from defaulting on its debt.

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