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Participants have set up tents at the "Take Back the Capitol" protest happening on the National Mall Dec. 5-9.
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Participants have set up tents at the "Take Back the Capitol" protest happening on the National Mall Dec. 5-9.

Some D.C. residents are joining Occupy protestors and labor groups from across the U.S. in taking their message to Capitol Hill this week. Hundreds of people are descending on Capitol Hill asking Republicans to stop blocking legislation such as the president’s jobs bill.

"I apply for jobs and I continue to apply for jobs, and I have a wonderful resume and still can’t find employment," says District resident Ashley Howard, an unemployed mother of two, who spent Tuesday sitting in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office.

As the Republican leader in the Senate, McConnell is raising the ire of the protestors by helping block much of the president’s agenda, but as for what he thinks of the protest?

McConnell says, "It’s a free country."

Unemployed D.C resident Linda Evans says they’re still not giving up on trying to move the GOP to their corner.

"If 1,000 people or 2,000 people were in your face daily would you listen? Would you? Yes, I think they’re going to have to listen," says Evans. "We're fighting for the unemployed and the under employed. If I don’t get anything out of it, my grandchildren will."

On Thursday it’s back to the Capitol for the demonstrators to give lawmakers another earful.


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