House Democrats march to Senate for shutdown votes

House Democrats march to Senate for shutdown votes
© Greg Nash

About 20 House Democrats on Thursday marched across the Capitol onto the Senate floor to urge senators to vote to reopen the government.


The visit came as the Senate began voting on two dueling bills aimed at ending the 34-day shutdown, neither of which were expected to pass.

House Democrats huddled in the back of the Senate chamber and were visited by senators including Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Treason narrative collapses; who bears responsibility? Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC MORE (I-Vt.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoCitizens lose when partisans play politics with the federal judiciary Warren, Harris, Gillibrand back efforts to add justices to Supreme Court Liberal commentator: Trump's warning that supporters could play tough is a 'violent dog whistle' MORE (D-Hawaii) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGreen New Deal vote tests Dem unity in Senate Romney helps GOP look for new path on climate change Manchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written MORE (D-W.Va.).

“The more dramatic things you can do, the more pressure it puts on them to realize these are not ordinary times,” Rep. Judy ChuJudy May ChuDem support grows for allowing public funds to pay for abortions Treasury expands penalty relief to more taxpayers Mnuchin to consider providing more penalty relief for taxpayers MORE (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, told The Hill. 

The march was led by House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyStop asking parents to sacrifice Social Security benefits for paid family leave Bottom Line Left-wing Dems in minority with new approach to spending MORE (D-N.Y.).

Others who joined included Reps. John LewisJohn Lewis Civil rights icon John Lewis after New Zealand mosque attacks: 'We cannot sow seeds of hatred' Why are Trump and Congress avoiding comprehensive immigration reform? Together, we carry on the age-old struggle for justice for all MORE (D-Ga.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeDem support grows for allowing public funds to pay for abortions Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris receives endorsement from 6 home-state mayors MORE (D-Calif.), Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkChances of passing Dem budget are '50-50,' says chairman House to vote Thursday on anti-Semitism resolution Dems struggle to unify after GOP embarrasses them on procedure MORE (D-Mass.), Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottTop Dems blast administration's proposed ObamaCare changes Virginia congressional delegation says it's 'devastated by’ Richmond Turmoil The Hill's 12:30 Report: AOC unveils Green New Deal measure | Trump hits Virginia Dems | Dems begin hearings to get Trump tax returns MORE (D-Va.), Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinEx-Georgia candidate calls for probe, says more than a hundred thousand votes went 'missing' Dems struggle to turn page on Omar controversy Schumer: Trump 'redefined chutzpah' by calling Dems an 'anti-Jewish party' MORE (D-Md.), as well as freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezEx-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump This week: Congress set for next stage of Mueller probe fight MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC Ilhan Omar tells Muslim group to 'raise hell' over discrimination Hoyer defends Israel in veiled shot at Omar MORE (D-Minn.), Deb HaalandDebra HaalandRed dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women First Native American Congresswoman presides over House The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi's challenge: Getting Dems back on same page MORE (D-N.M.) and Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fight Dem lawmaker says party has evidence Mueller wasn't covering Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements MORE (D-Calif.).

Updated at 3:21 p.m.