A progressive activist group that opposes the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said a dozen Hoosiers were arrested Tuesday evening after occupying the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., for five hours.
The Center for Popular Democracy said the arrested protesters included William Stauffer of Churubusco.
Donnelly’s office confirmed the protest.
“A number of individuals, including some Hoosiers, held a sit-in” in the lobby of his Washington office, his staff said in an email, adding that the demonstrators “refused an opportunity to meet with a member of Senator Donnelly’s staff.”
Donnelly’s staff said Capitol Police were called when the office closed at 6 p.m.
Donnelly is considered a key vote when the Senate considers confirming Kavanaugh. Donnelly, who has not indicated how he might vote, was among three Democratic senators who voted last year to confirm President Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
The Center for Popular Democracy said in a news release that Donnelly “did not speak to his constituents” who gathered at his office Tuesday.
The release quoted Stauffer as saying Kavanaugh would try to weaken or eliminate the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law that Donnelly has supported. “Donnelly has protected our care and needs to keep doing so by voting no on Kavanaugh,” Stauffer said.
Other protesters shared their experiences with health care during 30 minutes of remarks before sitting down in Donnelly’s office, the Center for Popular Democracy said.