(CNN) - Fiery Republicans known as the Tea Party Caucus are at the center of the debate over which version of a plan - if any - to cut spending and raise the debt limit should be adopted in Congress.
These conservatives, many of whom were swept into office during the 2010 midterm elections, have made it their mission to reign in spending and shrink the size of government, even if it means taking the country to the edge of default.
Here is the full list of the official Tea Party Caucus in the House, with the freshman representatives in BOLD:
Sandy Adams (FL-24)
Robert Aderholt (AL-04)
Todd Akin (MO-02)
Rodney Alexander (LA-05)
Michele Bachmann (MN-06)
Roscoe Bartlett (MD-06)
Joe Barton (TX-06)
Rob Bishop (UT-01)
Gus Bilirakis (FL-09)
Diane Black (TN-06)
Paul Broun (GA-10)
Michael Burgess (TX-26)
Dan Burton (IN-05)
John Carter (TX-31)
Bill Cassidy (LA-06)
Howard Coble (NC-06)
Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Ander Crenshaw (FL-04)
John Culberson (TX-07)
Jeff Duncan (SC-03)
Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Stephen Lee Fincher (TN-08)
John Fleming (LA-04)
Trent Franks (AZ-02)
Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Wally Herger (CA-02)
Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)
Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)
Steve King (IA-05)
Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Jeff Landry (LA-03)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09)
Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
Tom McClintock (CA-04)
David McKinley (WV-01)
Gary Miller (CA-42)
Mick Mulvaney (SC-05)
Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
Rich Nugent (FL-05)
Steven Palazzo (MS-04)
Steve Pearce (NM-02)
Mike Pence (IN-06)
Ted Poe (TX-02)
Tom Price (GA-06)
Denny Rehberg (MT-At large)
David Roe (TN-01)
Dennis Ross (FL-12)
Edward Royce (CA-40)
Steve Scalise (LA-01)
Pete Sessions (TX-32)
Adrian Smith (NE-03)
Lamar Smith (TX-21)
Cliff Stearns (FL-06)
Tim Walberg (MI-07)
Joe Walsh (IL-08)
Allen West (FL-22)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)
Joe Wilson (SC-02)
Well now we know who to call and write. I wonder when before in history have Freshmen legislators been given so much power? They obviously don't know what to do with it, it is ridiculous that they are able to hold our country hostage this way! Enough is enough. My greatest fear is that a really bad deal will go through in a last minute panic to raise the debt ceiling, that is the worst thing that could happen. I think the President should use executive order, raise debt ceiling, and pull the rug out from under these irresponsible people. Then the other conversations can be had in a calm and well thought out manner.
You get what you vote for America.
The Democrats out of control spending and borrowing to the tune of nearly $4 TRILLION in 2 short years with a forecast for another $10-16 TRILLION over the next 10 years is what has the country on the verge of a down grade and/or default.
The people trying to stop the spending and borrowing insanity ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. Is the person treating a drug addict (or spending/taxing/borrowing addict) the problem???
The American people need to finish the job in 2012 with a complete removal of thes insane "progressive" Democrats from Congress and the Whitehouse. These people have proven over and over they are a danger to the survival of this country.
These names will be permanently engraved on the Hall of Shame if this country slides into a 2nd recession or worst. Their efforts to deny culpability will be useless because they are on record with their unwillingness to compromise. Sad to allow so few hold this country hostage to their extreme ideology. Hopefully the Tea Party will be a brief but unfortunate footnote in our history.
Could we start to balance the budget on the backs of the tea party? Cut all spending (salaries, benefits, SS, Medicare), permanently, for anyone assoicated with the tea party. Make it broader, cut all spending including SS and Medicare to those districts represented by a TP. Time for them to show us shared sacrifice.
The Tea Party is not a real party. They do not have their own nomination process. They are the ultra conservative wing og the republican party and are the single largest threat to our way of life. They think that if we default that it is a good thing. Defaulting would have it's largest impact on the middle and lower class. Since these clowns are all money worshipers, they would just as soon see the poor fall off the face of the earth. They are the most anti-Christian group out there.
16 of 451 new Tea Partiers- hardly a mandate nationwide. America is getting what it asked for – immature, inexperienced representatives. They want it 100% their way or no way. Well guess what? That's not how adults live and work.
You cannot cut expenses to pay bills- you cut expenses to lower future bills.
They are mixing agenda with reality here. Makes some cuts for the future and raise taxes to pay the debt
Thanksfully, most of these clowns will be gone after the 2012 elections.
Joe Walsh, R-Illinois Deadbeat Dad. Christine O'Donnell, paid her rent out of campaign funds. Darrell Issa, accused arsonist and gun law violator. Want to know who the Tea Party is? Just a bunch of lowbrow crooks trying to screw the American people and enrich themselves on your backs.
Can these guys go home and shut up? They have caused enuf problems - based on the past due debt Joe Walsh has ($120K in BACK child support) it sounds like they need to practice fiscal responsibility in their own homes.
Good we now know who to vote out!
Who is the Tea Party Caucus? Amazing Americans who are following through on their election promise of smaller government and less spending! That's who! (I know most people on CNN hate politician who actually do what they say.) Finally, elected officials we can count on. I LOVE THEM
Again I will say the Tea Party Is going to destroy American. How can these Tea Party member In the House really what me to believe that they have Idea how to get America house In order, When you come to find out that most of them are in a lot of dept them self. Now If you can't even get are own house out of dept ,than how should the American People expect you to help get America house In order. This Is just plan dumb. If the American People keep voted the Tea Party Into Office of any kind ,you will destroy America. Just Listen to Michele Bachmann she telling people America should just to default on are dept. This Is about the dumbest thing i ever heard of. If America default on It dept , than America Will have to pay higher Interest on are dept and all American people are going to pay higher interest on everything you want to buy on credit. Now you tell me how Is this going to save money for America ,when the have to pay more money on Interest, and so will all of the American People. Now I know we have to get America house In order ,but It should be fair deal for all American people and that mean the Big Business and the Rich Is going to have to help. The Tea Party Is the Biggest bunch of CRAP I ever heard of.
this is not only the fault of the voters that fell for the fear and mis-information scare tactics of the Tea Party in 2010, btu the Democrats that sat on their behinds and didn't bother to come out and vote share the blame as well. First of all the tax rate has been the LOWEST in the US since the 50's so how are we OVERTAXED? Most of these Tea Party morons must not even realize the got a tax break under President Obama. And like the GOP at 28%, the Tea Party approval rating is also falling into the toilet. Talk about voters' remorse, DO SOMETHING about it next election. Do what they are doing in Wisconsin, vote these suckers OUT!!
a large small group of inexperienced congressmen/women who have no idea what they are doing and can only come to one agreement that they don't like Obama and that they know for certain that Reagan never raised taxes, never gave amnesty, never led a union, never was a democrat and never committed an impeachable offense.
Thanks for the list. Now, let's vote these clowns OUT of office!
Now we know who to vote out next time around.
These lunatic thinks that every actions brings the actions they want like they can determine how nature do things. They want to gut our demand power and by some miracle the economy should grow. What tea are those folks drinking. We have the lowest taxes in 60 years which is causing as much money to our deficits as the spending is. Yet they only look at the spending side, I wish for the tax rates of Reagan and bush because they had a higher tax rate.
Who is the Tea Party Caucus in the House?
That has the Republicans TRAPPED like a Mouse!!!
OMG – look at the states/districts they represent?
A little over 18 out of 50 and they want to RULE in all events?????????????
Wow – no one from Alaska??????? No wonder the PA'IN in the NECK is running around the lower 49 trying to raise hell!!!
Looks like an attendee list of the local Washington DC MENSA meeting. hahahaha!!!!!!!!
look at these people- they look like people on or just about to collect social security and/or medicare.... I don't get it.
I believe the tea party should have a reality check, they are playing with fire, and the consequences of their action can create chaos for our already ailing economy. the deficits accrued by republican and democratic administrations can't be fixed over night. it's congress which controls the purse strings, and writes and passes bills, inluding earmarks ( by both parties)! I believe congress is out of touch with the general public,
I sure hope we get rid of the majority of them and most of the GOP next year!!!
Most of these congressmen are from the Southern States (Texas across to SC), with some here and there is the west. Unless I missed something, 3 from northern states), no mid-atlantic states or northeastern states. We know there are Republican's in those states, but not members of the so called "Tea Party Caucus".........I wonder why that is. The Tea Party's views are considered extreme by some (and I agree). While we need to cut spending, they want to do it too fast and not across the board. I want to see when spending cuts loses jobs in their district and states, where will they stand then???? When unemployment spiked recently, it was largely because of layoffs of state workers. Now multiply that same percentage with the amount of federal workers that would be laid off. Unemployment will spike even higher.
BTW – cutting taxes on business will NOT make them hire people. DEMAND for their products and services is what drives hiring, not taxes. Their taxes can be zero, but if people are not buying their products or services, why would they need more employees?????
I have to wonder, "Has Southern Evangelicals" (Teaparty) remember the movie "Mississippi Burning"???? I had to watch it three times, "To realize the "Horror" the Southern Evangelicals Imposed on our Black American Men,Women and children?? America had to send the "Military" in to stop the killing??? They threw Rocks at little Black American Children,trying to go to school??? Not on this part of the Mason Dixon Line, Fools? Your out in 2012!!!