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Mixed Bag For 'Occupy' Protesters Seeking Meetings With Reps.

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'Occupy Congress' protesters converge outside the U.S. Capitol Jan. 17. 
'Occupy Congress' protesters converge outside the U.S. Capitol Jan. 17. 

The daylong Occupy protest aimed at addressing members of Congress Tuesday produced some success and failure.

The timing of protest was no accident. As house members returned from winter break, many of the hundreds who gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol hoped to meet with their representatives. Malachi Vincent was one of them. 

"It's kind of depressing but sooner or later it's gonna happen," Vincent says. "I mean, we are the people. You can't stop us from doing something we need to do." 

The crowd split into smaller groups and demonstrators made their way to the House offices. Some went inside, while others sat on the steps and chanted. Most who were able to find the offices of their congressmen or women were met by aides. Colin Street lives on Long Island, NY and wanted to see his congressman, Rep. Gregory Meeks. 

"I went up to the room and sat in the secretary's office for about 20 minutes and waited for her to come out and tell me he's not here yet and when he gets here, he'll be in a meeting and he won't be free afterwards or for another two weeks," says Street.

Ben Collins travelled from Columbia, Mo. to meet his congressman, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.). Although he's one of the few who actually talked to his representative, Collins says the meeting didn't go well.

"He told me to get out, I walked in, and he told me he doesn’t want me in his office," Collins says. "I was hoping he'd at least listen to me but he didn't and told me to get out."

The protest occurs the same week a new ABC News/Washington Post poll puts Congressional job approval at 13 percent and disapproval at 84 percent.


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