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Demonstrators removed from outside Tom Cotton's D.C. office

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CUFFED: Kati McFarland being rolled out in custody of officers.
  • CUFFED: Kati McFarland being rolled out in custody of officers.
Ozark Indivisible demonstrators, including some in wheelchairs, gathered outside U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton's office in Washington today and chanted, "Senator Cotton, kill the bill!" At least they did until police removed them. One of the demonstrators, Kati McFarland, had questioned Cotton at his town hall meeting in Northwest Arkansas.

Subsequent video shows the group in custody, with hands cuffed behind backs, outside the Capitol.

Cotton has continued to maintain silence on the health bill he helped write with 12 other white male Republican senators, though he's kept up steady social media chatter on lesser topics.

Cotton's silence is being noticed by others.

Also: Sen. John Boozman met with opponents of the legislation from Arkansas today. Report is that he gave them nothing but platitudes.

If Republicans are laying low, the Arkansas Democratic Party is not:

“Anyone who says this bill will not have a devastating effect on our state is clearly more interested in promoting a partisan agenda than they are the health of our citizens or the health of our economy in Arkansas,” says Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman, Michael John Gray. “This bill ends the Arkansas Works program and ultimately puts the coverage, the access to care, and the financial security of tens of thousands of Arkansans at risk. Our federal congressional delegation owes every Arkansan an explanation.”

“The Democratic Party of Arkansas rejects any move that would endanger the lives of so many children and the financial stability of so many families. The Republican bill will overburden every hospital with the return of uncompensated care costs, endanger rural hospitals, put hundreds of thousands of working families at risk and destabilize the Arkansas economy. If Republicans believe this legislation is a good path forward for our state and our country, then the least they can do is explain why to the voters of Arkansas,” Chairman Gray concluded.
No response from Cotton's office to question about arrest of protesters.


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