Protesters in US Capitol complex demand healthcare bill; 80 arrested for unlawful demonstrations

Washington: Police arrested 80 people at the buildings of the US Congress, as demonstrators voiced opposition to US lawmakers' latest efforts to make progress on a stalled health care overhaul bill.

File image of US president Donald Trump. AP

File image of US president Donald Trump. AP

Senators who returned back to Washington on Monday after a week off — House members are due back on Tuesday — are under the gun as they struggle to craft legislation that will allow them to make good on a vow to "repeal and replace" Barack Obama's "Obamacare" health care bill.

Protesters on Monday fanned out in at least 13 different parts of the Capitol complex, hundreds of offices housing lawmakers and their staff members.

Capitol police said in a statement that 32 men and 48 women were placed under arrest on Monday for "unlawful demonstration activities."

President Donald Trump ramped up pressure on Republicans in Congress on Monday, urging them to pass a health care reform measure before Congress goes on its August recess.

Trump has made repealing and replacing Obma's signature health care bill, the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), a top priority.

Published Date: Jul 11, 2017 08:55 AM | Updated Date: Jul 11, 2017 08:55 AM

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