Top Dem arrested at Capitol for protesting voting rights

Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson was arrested on Thursday for protesting voting laws and the Senate filibuster.

“In the spirit of my dear friend and mentor – the late Congressman John Lewis – I was getting in #goodtrouble,” Johnson tweeted regarding the event.

Protesting Voting Rights and the Filibuster

Capitol Police said Johnson and other protesters were blocking entry to a building entryway, leading to his arrest.

The protest included a chant against the filibuster, saying, “The filibuster has got to go.”

Capitol Police told Fox News they arrested 10 individuals for “unlawfully demonstrating outside of the Hart Senate Office Building.”

From Georgia to D.C.

Johnson’s home state of Georgia recently faced intense criticism after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a new voting reform law into effect. Push back came from several companies, the federal government and resulted in moving the Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Georgia to Colorado.

Johnson is the second Democratic House member to be arrested this month for protesting. Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty was arrested last week in the Senate building for her voting rights protest.

The efforts seek to draw attention to the HR 1 For the People Act as well as to fight the Senate filibuster that requires a 60 vote supermajority to pass most legislation and has stopped many of the Biden administration’s bills from moving forward.

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