Monday, April 11, 2011

The Latest: DC Mayor Arrested for Protesting Budget Cuts


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WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) -- U.S.Capitol Police say they arrested 41 people on Constitution Avenue in front of the Hart Senate Office Building on Monday at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Those people arrested include D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C councilmembers who were protesting restrictions placed on the district as part of the federal budget deal. All of the people who were arrested are charged with Unlawful Assembly (Blocking Passage), which is a misdemeanor that can be resolved by paying a $50 fine.

They are currently being processed by U.S. Capitol Police.

Mayor Vincent Gray and others sat down and blocked the street in front of a Senate office building Monday. They chanted and shouted, "Hey, hey, no, no, those D.C. riders have got to go."

Congress oversees D.C.'s budget and laws and can pull funding for programs it doesn't like during the budgeting process.

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