Recess? Senators Greeted by HC Bill Protestors

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It won't be a peaceful recess when some members of Congress leave Washington, D.C.for their summer break.

Rowdy crowds are waiting for them at home with loud messages of protest surrounding America's healthcare reform.

Many of the protests are posted on YouTube.  They show parades of angry constituents lining up to greet their Democratic congressman and senators returning home for the summer recess.

"These people are here because they are mad," one protestor, Tim Bishop, said.

A video from Austin, Texas Saturday showed how Congressman Lloyd Doggett's town hall pitch for healthcare reform couldn't be heard above the crowd.
 
A similar scene was in Philadelphia, Penn., where Sen. Arlen Specter and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius struggled to be heard above another angry crowd.

The people wanted to know why Specter hadn't read the 1,100-page healthcare bill.

"Arlen Spector tried to justify saying he distributed it to his staff, and he got a rather rambunctious response from the crowd saying, 'Don't off load this on your staff.  You were the person elected to the high office.  You serve us,'" recalled conservative radio host Janet Parshall.

She added that some of her listeners were in the crowds of protestors, including a group that greeted Congressman Tim Bishop in New York.

"Stop spending our money!" one protestor said.

"I think the American public has discovered yet again, they have a voice and they are using it," Parshall said.

"There is a wonderful verse in Scripture that says 'out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks,' and I think what we're seeing is all across America people are extremely frustrated," she added.

That frustration is also breaking the silence at a time when some senators are looking to secure another term in office.

*Originally published August 4, 2009

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