In advance of tonight’s vote on President Obama’s jobs package, unemployed Americans are gathering outside the Capitol to press for passage, reflecting Occupy Wall Street protests in major cities across the country.
Jobless workers and their supporters are planning a candlelight vigil and prayer at 3 p.m. EDT, several hours before the vote in the Senate.
Nearly 100 protesters converged this morning on the Hart Senate office building, chanting in the atrium. (Watch video below.)
U.S. Capitol Police said six protesters were arrested and charged with demonstrating in a Capitol building. They are currently being processed at police headquarters, said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a police spokesperson.
The jobs bill faces almost certain defeat in the Senate, where it is unlikely to advance. Democrats, who control the majority with 53 votes, are not expected to reach the 60 needed to break a filibuster. Republicans are largely opposed.
Here’s a report from Washington, D.C. Fox News affiliate: