House GOP rallies Tea Partiers on Hill

House GOP lawmakers — but no Republican senators — joined protesters to rally against healthcare reform legislation before Congress.

In the first hour of the rally, seven House GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who serves as conference chairman, sought to rouse support for killing the healthcare legislation set to move through Congress.

Joining Pence were Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (Ga.) and Reps. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannThe right-wing wants a revolution, and we had better pay attention Bachmann: Trump, GOP feud isn't a 'civil war' Trump says 2016 is the GOP's last chance to win MORE (R-Minn.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnCalifornia companies sued for allegedly selling fetal tissue for profit Race is on for prized House chairmanship GOP struggles to find women to lead House committees MORE (R-Tenn.), Joe WilsonJoe WilsonA recipe for wasteful spending: South Carolina Pork with Russian Dressing GOP struggles to find women to lead House committees GOP rebuffs call to uphold Obama veto MORE (R-S.C.), Steve King (R-Iowa) and Louie GohmertLouie GohmertRyan has little margin for error in Speaker vote GOP rep calls Clinton 'mentally impaired' GOP rep: Trump ‘courageous’ for giving Cruz speech MORE (R-Texas).

The lawmakers spoke to a crowd whose size has not yet been estimated, but whose members carried items ranging from flags to signs calling on lawmakers to "kill the bill." Additionally, some signs expressed "birther" sentiments.

The crowd was set to disperse across Capitol Hill throughout the day on Tuesday to visit lawmakers to urge them to vote against health reform legislation. Democratic leaders have urged members to treat the Tea Partiers hospitably.