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 BachmannChief strategist of pro-Trump super-PAC guilty in payment scandal GOP operative Ed Rollins joins pro-Trump super-PAC Michele Bachmann trolls Clinton on NYC subway MORE (R-Minn.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnLewandowski: List of Trump VP candidates 'very small' 178 Dems demand end to Planned Parenthood probe Carson: 'I would not want to be on the ticket or in the Cabinet’ MORE (R-Tenn.), Joe WilsonJoe WilsonHouse GOP urges Obama to drop veto threat against defense bill Overnight Cybersecurity: Fight over feds' hacking powers moves to Congress New House caucus will help keep hackers out of cars MORE (R-S.C.), Steve King (R-Iowa) and Louie GohmertLouie GohmertOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns House panel approves Puerto Rico debt relief GOP rep on Clinton: 'They'll never indict her' 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.


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