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Pillows, sleeping bags for House Dems protest

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., holds a sleeping bag at a Democratic sit-in at the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (Rep. Elizabeth Esty)

Lawmakers brought pillows and blankets to the House as the Democratic protest stretched toward midnight.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut had a sleeping bag, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts brought Dunkin' Donuts for her House colleagues who were staying awake.


Other lawmakers also brought snacks, including some who broke House rules to eat on the House floor.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, dressed in a pink suit, carried a pink-and-white striped pillow in his hand for several hours as he walked around the House chamber.

Cleaver, a Methodist minister, later was one of several peacemakers to break up a near-fight between a Republican and a Democratic lawmaker.

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