Capitol Police arrested three sign-carrying, slogan-shouting demonstrators who disrupted a Tuesday morning Senate Finance Committee hearing on the president's trade policy agenda.
The protesters wore shirts reading "No Fast Track" and greeted U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman with signs stating, "Froman lies" — a response to his statement to the committee that trade promotion authority "is Congress’s best tool to ensure that there is ample time for public scrutiny and debate on U.S. trade agreements."
Organizers claimed fast-track legislation limits the amount of time Congress has to consider agreements and suspends its ability to make amendments to the texts.
Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch of Utah engaged one protester in a brief back and forth, telling him he was "not representing your people well."
Details on charges against the three protesters were not immediately available, according to Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider.
Kate Ackley contributed to this report.
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