Posted: Oct 13, 2013 5:28 PM by Matt Joseloff - CBS News
Updated: Oct 13, 2013 5:49 PM
Military veterans converged on the National Mall and White House on Sunday, demanding that the war memorials reopen after being shuttered during the government's partial shutdown.
After cutting the ties that linked barricades at the WWII memorial, protesters delivered the barricades to the White House and stacked them against the fence on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The veterans were joined by several prominent speakers, including the Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, as well as former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Lawmakers expressed optimism on Sunday that the congress would soon reach an agreement on the debt ceiling and government shutdown, allowing the memorial sites to reopen.
"I'm cautiously hopeful, optimistic, that we can come to an agreement and open up the government," Sen. Chuck Schumer told Bob Schieffer on CBS' Face the Nation.