It's a busy day for conservatives at the nation's Capitol. Members of Congress and activists are holding two separate gatherings, one to protest the IRS's targeting of conservatives and the other to inform the country of an immigration bill push that GOP Reps. say is dangerous for the country.
The immigration rally kicked off at 9 am and is slated to go at least six hours, as the Washington Post notes. A media advisory said it would go from 9am to 12pm ET, break for lunch, and then pick back up from 2-5pm ET.
“Border security, rule-of-law members of Congress are unlikely to get a full debate inside the halls of Congress,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said in a statement beforehand. “So we are taking the debate outside its halls.”
TheBlaze has extensively covered the charge by King and fellow Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Louis Gohmert (Texas) to block an immigration bill they say Republican leadership will pass and then allow to be changed behind-the-scenes to grant amnesty illegal aliens and thus a secure voting block for progressives and Democrats.
At noon ET, the Tea Party Patriots group will be holding a separate rally nearby called "Audit the IRS."
"Were you targeted by the IRS for your political beliefs? Did you receive extra scrutiny for promoting limited government, the constitution, and fiscal responsibility? If not, will you be next?" the group asks on its website.
That rally will feature the likes of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Glenn Beck, who is slated to deliver a speech. We have published his prepared remarks over on our contributor's section.
"What I'm asking you is, the speech will be posted early on TheBlaze.com," Beck said on his Thursday radio show. "I want you to seek this speech out and pass it on to as many people as you possibly can."
When the rally starts at 12pm ET, you can watch a live feed below:
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