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Protesters call on Senate Republican Leader to vote against Rep. Paul Ryan's budget

At least a dozen protesters flocked to the Union League on Broad Street Monday afternoon in hopes that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell would hear their message -- vote against Rep. Paul Ryan's controversial budget.

Protesters call on Senate Republican Leader to vote against Rep. Paul Ryan's budget

At least a dozen protesters flocked to the Union League on Broad Street Monday afternoon in hopes that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell would hear their message -- vote against Rep. Paul Ryan's controversial budget.

McConnell, who was attending a private event at the Union League supports Ryan's budget that would cut spending by $4.6 trillion over ten years and includes major cuts to vital services and substantial changes to medicare benefits.

The protesters, which included members of Fight For Philly, American Federation of State, County and Muncipal Employees District Council 33 and Move on Philadelphia, learned Sunday night that McConnell would be in town.

"I don't think he's on the right side of the budget," said Jess Burgan, assistant director at Fight For Philly.

The group marched in circles outside of the Union League chanting, "Mitch McConnell you can't hide, we can see your greedy side."

For Fight for Philly lead organizer Sam Jones the message was fairness.

"We are here to demand fairness for the 99 percent," he said. "No more tax breaks for millionaires."

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