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Joe Kennedy to Fast for Immigration Reform

He'll join protest, abstain from food for 24 hours
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2013 2:46 PM CST
Joe Kennedy to Fast for Immigration Reform
Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Joe Kennedy is hungry to see John Boehner take up the Senate's immigration reform bill—and pretty soon, he'll be hungry in a literal sense as well. The rep from Massachusetts has announced that he will join a protest fast to push for reform. A group of activists has been fasting in a tent on the National Mall since Nov. 12, drawing encouraging visits from the likes of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Politico explains. Last night, they visited the House and got an ovation from lawmakers.

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Several more people joined the effort today, including Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy. But unlike the first wave, which fasted for 22 days, Kennedy isn't exactly in it for the long haul. The congressman will refrain from eating for 24 hours, then pass the baton to another member of Congress, who will follow suit. (Read more immigration reform stories.)

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