A group of 20 unemployed Washington, D.C. residents have occupied the Capitol Hill office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, pledging to stay in the leading Republicans office until they get a face-to-face meeting with him.
The protesters are affiliated with the jobs advocacy group OurDC and are hoping convince McConnell to vote in favor of President Obama's Rebuild America Jobs Act, a bill aiming to create jobs and rebuild the nation's aging infrastructure.
We believe the senators need to hear, feel and understand the pain of the unemployed, a member of the protest told ABC News. The bottom line for here is that there is bitter, bitter pain of not working and gridlock and they want folks to see it, hear it and feel it.
The peaceful protesters have reportedly taken up most of McConnell's office, sitting on various pieces of furniture and even the floor. Capitol Police Spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider told Roll Call that there have been no reports of disruptions caused by the group.
Although GOP Senators voted in unison to block the jobs package, the protesters still do not plan on leaving McConnell's office until he meets with them in person to offer an explanation for his vote.
The participants have also spent the day calling other Senators to lobby for the bill.
Several members of the public have offered their support to the OurDC protesters through the organizations Twitter page. Under its handle @thisisourdc, the group wrote that one supporter sent the group pizzas this afternoon, and have asked for donations of water and even sleeping bags through the social media Web site.
The group said it was offered a lower-level meeting with a McConnell staff assistant, but declined.