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Federal employees are growing increasingly impatient as they stand to miss their third paycheck. Today they took their complaints directly where they belong—to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who refuses to even bring a bill to open the U.S. government to the floor for a vote and get back to work.

Here is video of the federal employees putting their bodies on the line outside Mitch McConnell’s office, chanting “Where is Mitch?” and “We want to work!”

After the federal employees were arrested and the hall was clear, Getty photographer Win MacNamee captured a jovial, extremely-wealthy-and-not-missing-any-paychecks Senator McConnell returning to his office.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  (C) (R-KY) returns to his office after the U.S. Senate adjourned for the day January 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. McConnell has indicated the Senate will vote on two bills to end the partial government shutdown on Thursday of this week. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Federal employees took over the Hart Senate Building as well, with loud chants of “No more food banks—they need paychecks!”

These are just some of the millions of people being hurt while Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump play politics with people’s lives.

Take one minute to pick up the phone and call your representatives and Mitch McConnell’s office and tell them to reopen the government NOW.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18:  The phone number of the U.S. Capitol switchboard is displayed during a news conference to call on Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to open up a debate on offshore drilling on Capitol Hill August 18, 2008 in Washington, DC. House Republicans have urged people to call Democratic House Representatives in their districts to return to the Congress from their recess for the debate.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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