Capitol Police removed some protesters from the House chamber and arrested nine individuals, according to Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the Capitol Police. They have been charged with unlawful conduct for a disruption of Congress, Schneider said.
Those individuals were charged with disorderly conduct, according to Capitol Police. All twelve protesters are being processed at CP headquarters, authorities said.
According to witnesses, several protesters interrupted debate in the House by singing "The Star Spangled Banner."
One individual chanted, “We shall overcome,” as the demonstrators were led out and handcuffed in the hallway outside the chamber, according to a witness.
The protesters interrupted Democrats and Republicans alike.
One interruption came as House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) spoke. Six other interruptions happened as House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke, and one more while Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) was speaking.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) reminded the House that members have the option of clearing the entire gallery during debate, and the House appeared to be considering that move as of about 1:20 p.m. However, after a delay of about six minutes, the House continued with closing remarks.