Lawmakers returning from a three-week winter break were greeted Tuesday by hundreds of protesters from the “Occupy” movement, who gathered outside the US Capitol building to decry the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Protesters from the self-proclaimed Occupy Congress group — met by scores of uniformed police officers — were denied entry to congressional corridors and said they planned to spend the day on the grassy areas that surround the building.

As they chanted amid a steady winter drizzle, the protesters wielded signs urging lawmakers to “Come out of your ivory tower and hear the people.”

Another told lawmakers that “We are here to be heard.”

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