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.

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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 SandersBernie SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down MORE (I-Vt.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoOvernight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker Joint chiefs nominee: Trump's transgender policy about 'standards' Dem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors MORE (D-Hawaii) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Kentucky Democrat says primary challenge to McGrath 'might be helpful' McConnell's Democratic challenger McGrath backtracks on Kavanaugh comments 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 ChuDemocrats celebrate announcement on citizenship census question Ocasio-Cortez says 'humane' shelters have space following visits to border facilities Democratic lawmakers pay tense visit to Texas migrant facility 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 LoweyHillicon Valley: Trump officials to investigate French tax on tech giants | Fed chair raises concerns about Facebook's crypto project | FCC blocks part of San Francisco law on broadband competition | House members warn of disinformation 'battle' Lawmakers, experts see combating Russian disinformation as a 'battle' Top Democrats call for administration to rescind child migrant information sharing policy MORE (D-N.Y.).

Others who joined included Reps. John LewisJohn LewisKatherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent Democratic lawmaker says officials tried to keep her from migrant girls during facility tour Democratic outrage grows over conditions at border detention centers MORE (D-Ga.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeCongress, stop ducking war-declaration authority on Iran Trump's tweets unify a fractured Democratic Party Overnight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran MORE (D-Calif.), Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkDemocratic leaders seek balance amid liberal push to go big on immigration Katherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent Epstein charges put Trump Labor secretary back in spotlight MORE (D-Mass.), Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottA minimum wage is exactly what our economy needs This week: House Democrats voting to hold Barr, Ross in contempt CBO report should spike minimum wage legislation MORE (D-Va.), Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinDemocrats erupt over Trump attacks Schumer plans Senate resolution condemning Trump tweets Trump accuses Pelosi of 'racist statement' for saying MAGA means 'make America white again' MORE (D-Md.), as well as freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPhiladelphia mayor: Trump would 'go to hell' if he had to go back to where he came from Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout The four Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's tweets MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarScaramucci calls Trump tweets 'racist and unacceptable' House Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Black Caucus leader calls Trump's attacks on minority lawmakers 'despicable' MORE (D-Minn.), Deb HaalandDebra HaalandSnoop Dogg says US women's soccer team deserves same pay as 'sorry ass' men's team Bipartisan House duo unveils amendment to block Iran strike without Congress's approval Native American groups press Congress to rescind Wounded Knee medals MORE (D-N.M.) and Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillLive coverage: House Oversight examines Trump family separation policy Lawmakers urge young women to run for office at DC conference Tensions with Iran reach new stage over uranium threat MORE (D-Calif.).

Updated at 3:21 p.m.