Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Veterans, Republican congressmen and conservative group members removed barricades and held a protest rally against President Barack Obama and the government shutdown at the World War II Memorial on Sunday.
Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the hundreds of demonstrators, who gathered at the eastern entrance of the memorial starting 9 a.m. for the rally dubbed the “Million Vet March on the Memorials.”
The demonstrators carried yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, chanted and sang patriotic songs, and removed barricades at the Lincoln Memorial.
Sen. Cruz attacked the Obama administration for barricading the memorial.
Some demonstrators brought and dumped the barricades in front of the White House as members of U.S. Park Police and other officers stood in front of a barrier of bicycle racks between the crowds and the White House gate.
Meanwhile, negotiations to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling shifted to the Senate with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the forefront of the talks.
Democrats are seeking government funding through 2014 at above the sequester level, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Reid, however, denied this.
Republicans are proposing raising the debt ceiling through January, re-open the government and delay the medical device tax, a provision of ObamaCare, for two years, McConnell said.
Both sides are racing to reach an agreement before Thursday, when the government’s borrowing authority lapses.