Protesters gather outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell's office

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Dozens gathered outside Senator Mitch McConnell's Louisville office today as part of a nationwide effort to stop the Senate from passing its version of a healthcare bill.

The group says five of their members were cited by police during the demonstration inside the Gene Snyder Federal Courthouse.               

The group says they want Sen. McConnell to vote no on the healthcare bill and they want to have a discussion.

The protesters say they were prepared to stay at the office all night, but they did leave when they were asked to.           

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has voiced his opposition to the healthcare bill. 

We've reached out to Leader McConnell’s office for a response and received this statement:

As an avid supporter of the First Amendment, Senator McConnell believes that all citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and express their opinions.  As he participates in events around the Commonwealth, the Senator is hearing directly from Kentuckians about their concerns for the future of this country.  One of the most discussed issues among the people of Kentucky is the failing state of Obamacare. 

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