GOP Senators Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson to meet with People's Convoy

I senatori del GOP Ted Cruz e Ron Johnson si incontrano con People's Convoy 1,000 strong People’s Convoy today ‘to discuss Biden’s harmful COVID mandatesafter truckers turned the Beltway into a parking lot around DC

  • Senators Ron Johnson, del Wisconsin, and Ted Cruz, del Texas, said on Monday they are planning to meet with members of the so-called People’s Convoy on Tuesday
  • They announced they will be discussing ‘the harmful effects of President Biden’s vaccine mandates
  • The Convoy has called the vaccine and mask mandates ‘government overreachand are calling for an end of ‘the State of Emergency that led to overreaching mandates
  • People’s Convoy organizer Brian Brase, 37, has said he is ‘hopeful that we have successful dialogue with congressmen and women and senators that help get what we’re looking for pushed through
  • He has warned that if Congress members do not come to the table the Convoy would ‘escalateits protestwhich has already left traffic in a standstill for two consecutive days
  • They are now planning for a unified drive of more than 2,000 vehicles along the Beltway on Tuesday
  • Due Repubblicano senators announced on Monday they will meet with organizers of the People’s Convoy after truckers disrupted traffic around Washington D.C. to protest against COVID mandates.

    Senators Ron Johnson, del Wisconsin, e Ted Cruz, del Texas, said they are planning to meet Tuesday with the truckers, who want to ‘discuss the harmful effects of President Biden’s vaccine mandates,’ il Washington Times segnalato. The Convoy has called the vaccine and mask mandates ‘government overreach.

    Others have previously expressed their support for the cavalcade of semi-trucks, recreational vehicles and cars, with Sen. Ran Paolo announcing in February he is ‘all forthe convoy, which was inspired by truckers in Canada protesting against their country’s vaccine mandates.

    ‘Civil disobedience is a time-honored tradition in our country, from slavery to civil rights, lo chiami tu,’ ha detto in quel momento. ‘Peaceful protest, clog things up, make people think about the mandates.

    Di lunedi, the caravan left all lanes in a standstill multiple times as it circled the Beltway, after some trucks practically parked on the highway, causando all the cars behind them to stop, a DailyMail.com journalist trailing the group reported.

    People’s Convoy organizer Brian Brase, 37, dell'Ohio, had previously hinted that the group would be able to meet with some members of Congress to discuss their demands, which include calling for an end of ‘the State of Emergency that led to overreaching mandates.

    ‘I’m hopeful that we have successful dialogue with congressmen and women and senators that help get what we’re looking for pushed through in a timely fashion, Brase had said Sunday.

    ‘If they don’t come to the table to meet with us or they ignore us, then every day it will escalate.

    Many states have already put an end to mask and vaccine mandates as cases of coronavirus dwindle around the country.

    The People's Convoy turnes the Beltway, a 64-mile highway surrounding Washington D.C., into a parking lot Monday, with cars stopped behind them in all lanes

    The People’s Convoy turnes the Beltway, a 64-mile highway surrounding Washington D.C., into a parking lot Monday, with cars stopped behind them in all lanes

    Suo. Ted Cruz said he would meet with the members of the People's Convoy

    Suo. Ron Johnson said he would meet with the members of the People's Convoy

    Senators Ted Cruz, del Texas, and Ron Johnson, del Wisconsin, announced on Monday they plan to meet with members of the People’s Convoy to ‘discuss the harmful effects of President Biden’s vaccine mandates

    The cavalcade of semi-trucks, recreational vehicles and cars left all lanes of traffic at a standstill multiple times Monday during its loop around the Beltway after some of the trucks practically parked on the highway

    The cavalcade of semi-trucks, recreational vehicles and cars left all lanes of traffic at a standstill multiple times Monday during its loop around the Beltway after some of the trucks practically parked on the highway

    The 1,000-vehicle-strong People's Convoy, seen slowing traffic into DC on Monday, is calling for an end of 'the State of Emergency that led to overreaching mandates' during the COVID pandemic

    The 1,000-vehicle-strong People’s Convoy, seen slowing traffic into DC on Monday, is calling for an end of ‘the State of Emergency that led to overreaching mandatesduring the COVID pandemic

    Commuters try to get past truck-clogged Beltway on Monday after the convoy arrived in the Washington D.C. area over the weekend and had planned to stay at the Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland until 'at least Saturday'

    Commuters try to get past truck-clogged Beltway on Monday after the convoy arrived in the Washington D.C. area over the weekend and had planned to stay at the Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland until ‘at least Saturday

    People hold signs and wave flags on overpass Monday in support of People's Convoy

    People hold signs and wave flags on overpass Monday in support of People’s Convoy

    The 1,000-vehicle-strong People’s Convoya spinoff from a protest in Canada started by truckers upset at vaccine requirements to cross the Canadian bordertraveled from southern California nearly 2,500 miles to D.C. on an 11-day journey. The group stopped in major U.S. cities and rural towns along they way, holding rallies and meeting with their supporters.

    They first arrived in the Washington D.C. area on Saturday, and brought traffic to a standstill on the Beltwaythe circular stretch of I-495 that connects Virginia, Maryland and D.C. – for two days in a row.

    E domenica, the group circled the interstate twice at the minimum speed limit, to slow traffic and get their message across to lawmakersleaving traffic around the capital in a standstill by 3pm.

    Brase had instructed the group to ‘hold the linebefore they embarked on their journey at around noon, cautioning them: ‘I beg of you to stay with the convoy. I beg of you to stay with the convoy and then come back down here, meet again and talk about our next plan.

    A group of semi-tractors led the convoy, followed by trucks with trailers, campers and then cars. According to DailyMail.com reporters trailing the group, traffic crawled for a whiletraveling at speeds of about 10 per 20 miglia all'ora – and reached a ‘comfortable speedof travel, before causing a standstill on the entire beltway.

    After completing the loop, the group was scheduled to return to Hagerstown for a rallythe third in a row held at the speedway. Sunday’s rally featured speeches from doctors, convoy organizers and members of the U.S. Freedom Flyers, a volunteer group of transportation officials that fight for medical freedom.

    The convoy is now planning to join two other truck cavalcadesConvoy for America and the American Freedom Convoyto prepare for a unified drive of more than 2,000 vehicles along the Beltway on Tuesday, organizers told DailyMail.com.

    Maryland State Police have warned citizens to expect massive traffic delays in the coming days.

    And the Pentagon on Monday approved requests from U.S. Capitol Police and the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency to extend National Guard support at traffic control points throughout D.C. and the Capitol building until Wednesday in response to the trucker protest.

    Semis ride side-by-side Monday to slow traffic on the Beltway - the circular stretch of I-495 that connects Virginia, Maryland and D.C. -

    Semis ride side-by-side Monday to slow traffic on the Beltwaythe circular stretch of I-495 that connects Virginia, Maryland and D.C. –

    The convoy is now planning to join two other truck cavalcades - Convoy for America and the American Freedom Convoy - to prepare for a unified drive of more than 2,000 vehicles along the Beltway on Tuesday

    The convoy is now planning to join two other truck cavalcadesConvoy for America and the American Freedom Convoyto prepare for a unified drive of more than 2,000 vehicles along the Beltway on Tuesday

    A group of semi-tractors led the convoy, followed by campers and then cars, like the one seen here, di lunedi

    A group of semi-tractors led the convoy, followed by campers and then cars, like the one seen here, di lunedi

    WASHINGTON D.C. - MARZO 7: Maryland State Police have warned citizens to expect massive traffic delays in the coming days as the People's Convoy protests continue

    WASHINGTON D.C. – MARZO 7: Maryland State Police have warned citizens to expect massive traffic delays in the coming days as the People’s Convoy protests continue

    The People's Convoy departed from the Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland on Monday morning to convoy around the D.C. metropolitan area. The group made one loop around the Beltway, a 64-mile highway surrounding the capital city, but occupied two lanes of traffic

    The People’s Convoy departed from the Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland on Monday morning to convoy around the D.C. metropolitan area. The group made one loop around the Beltway, a 64-mile highway surrounding the capital city, but occupied two lanes of traffic

    Congressional staffers, nel frattempo, are now being told to work from home or to get a hotel roomthat can be paid for by their tax-payer funded officeas the truckers encircle Washington.

    House Sergeant at Arms William Walker and House Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor wrote to Capitol Hill staff on Sunday night urging them to either work from home or use public transportation.

    If that was not an option, the two House officers gave the unusual option of letting staff get a hotel room paid for by their congressional office, which is funded by taxpayer money, so they can stay close to the Capitol and avoid a commute.

    'In generale, living expenses and commuting expenses, including lodging expenses at a Member’s or employee’s regular duty station, are not reimbursable with official funds, except in extraordinary circumstances,’ Walker and Szpindor write in a letter obtained by DailyMail.com.

    ‘Considering the current situation, the Committee on House Administration has determined that extraordinary circumstances exist to permit use of official funds to reimburse short-term lodging expenses in the Washington, D.C., area for certain Members and staff,’ hanno notato.

    To meet the requirement for an office-paid hotel room, staff must show their commute to the Capitol would be disrupted by the convoy, that their job is essential and requires them to be on the four-acre Capitol campus, and there is no feasible public transportation option.

    Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who was briefed by Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger about the convoys, said Monday she is monitoring both trucker convoys ‘closely to ensure D.C. residents are kept safe.

    'Al momento, they apparently do not plan to disrupt regular business inside D.C., instead planning to drive several laps around the beltway at 45-55 miles per hour and bus some representatives into the District to meet with members of Congress,’ she wrote in a press release.

    ‘Chief Manger told me that he was more worried last week, before the State of the Union, prior to making contact with the convoys, and he currently does not expect either of the groups to cause security problems in the area.

    HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – MARZO 7: The People’s Convoy gathered in Hagerstown, Maryland, on Monday to take their protest to the nation’s capitol

    HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND - MARZO 7: Congressional staffers are now being told to work from home or to get a hotel room - that can be paid for by their tax-payer funded office - as the truckers encircle Washington

    HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – MARZO 7: Congressional staffers are now being told to work from home or to get a hotel roomthat can be paid for by their tax-payer funded officeas the truckers encircle Washington

    HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – MARZO 7: Convoy organizer Brian Brase said Sunday the group is coordinating with local law enforcement, while also acknowledging that ‘obviously there’s a natural disturbancecaused by their protest

    HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND - MARZO 7: A demonstrator carries a cardboard cutout of former President Donald Trump

    HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – MARZO 7: A demonstrator carries a cardboard cutout of former President Donald Trump

    Residents of the D.C. metro area have also been warned of possible traffic jams as the massive 18-wheelers travel the interstate this week.

    In a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday night, the Maryland State Police urged drivers to anticipate ‘higher volumes of trafficas they try to get to work this week.

    ‘While public safety remains a priority and we work to fulfill our statewide law enforcement responsibilities, the Maryland State Police respects the public’s First Amendment rights,’ the police said in the statement.

    Ma, in a bit of irony, the convoy, which wanted to cause traffic jams, ended up getting caught up in Washington notorious traffic itself on Sunday.

    As the trucks made their way onto I-495 Beltway, they moved slowly to try and block the multi-lane highway but their presence got deluded by the mass of vehicles that traverses one of the busiest interstates in the country.

    Most cars were able to move around the trucks, which flew American flags and had signs that read ‘Don’t tread on meand ‘mandate freedom.

    Funzionari, però, were worried things could be worse on Monday when the commuter rush is even bigger.

    ‘It is an unpredictable and fluid event that we are witnessing,’ said Christopher Rodriguez, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. ‘Our residents, commuters and visitors should expect traffic disruptions over the next several days.

    WASHINGTON D.C. - MARZO 7: Motorists participating in the People's Convoy drive along the Beltway Monday decked out their cars with 'Let's Go Brandon flags' and painted messages

    WASHINGTON D.C. – MARZO 7: Motorists participating in the People’s Convoy drive along the Beltway Monday decked out their cars with ‘Let’s Go Brandon flagsand painted messages

    WASHINGTON DC - MARZO 7: As the trucks made their way onto I-495 Beltway, they moved slowly to try and block the multi-lane highway but their presence got deluded by the mass of vehicles that traverses one of the busiest interstates in the country on Sunday

    WASHINGTON DC – MARZO 7: As the trucks made their way onto I-495 Beltway, they moved slowly to try and block the multi-lane highway but their presence got deluded by the mass of vehicles that traverses one of the busiest interstates in the country on Sunday

    WASHINGTON DC - MARZO 7: Organizers of the People's Convoy said they are not going to back down

    WASHINGTON DC – MARZO 7: Organizers of the People’s Convoy said they are not going to back down

    Brase said on Sunday the group is coordinating with local law enforcement, while also acknowledging that ‘obviously there’s a natural disturbancecaused by their protest.

    ‘We do not want to impede traffic any more than necessary to get our message across,’ Egli ha detto.

    Brase added: ‘If they don’t come to the table to meet with us or they ignore us, then every day it will escalate.

    The trucker had previously claimed the group would continue to circle the Beltway each day this week, clogging one of the main arteries into DC until the their demands are met. però, Sunday he indicated that plans will be determined day-by-day.

    Another organizer has not ruled out the trucks honking their horns along Pennsylvania Avenue, despite the convoy’s promise not to go into the capital city limits.

    ‘I can tell you now that there will be select trucks going to the White House,’ organizer Dan Fitzgerald revealed on his Friday morning livestream. ‘I don’t want people thinking we are invading D.C. This is not the convoy going into D.C. commons. This is a few select drivers.

    Brase echoed the sentiment Sunday morning before the convoy departed for the Beltway for the first time. He said that although they weren’t going into D.C. proper on Sunday ‘it does not mean it won’t happen’ nel futuro.

    ‘We are not going to sit idly by,’ Egli ha detto. ‘We are going to continue to press forward with our mission, but we are also going to do so with some diplomacy to show that we are not unreasonable and willing to talk, but also flex our muscle if you do not hear us.

    The trucker reiterated: ‘We’re doing this to let them know that we are very serious. We’re doing this to let them know we will not give in. We will not bend the knee to them and to remind them that they work for us.

    He also claimed the group will continue to protest ‘peacefullyand ‘with some classas they had done ‘coming all the way across the country.