Tea party ups ante on super committee
November 17th, 2011
11:25 AM ET
3 years ago

Tea party ups ante on super committee

(CNN) - Members of the tea party movement are offering their response to the deficit reduction super committee in the form of proposed cuts and a committee hearing Thursday.

Elected officials will join over 200 tea party leaders from across the country for the "Tea Party Debt Commission joint hearing" to discuss spending cuts proposed by conservative activists, according to the grassroots FreedomWorks.

Their plan, which FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey said was already scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, balances the federal budget in four years and cuts spending by $9.7 trillion through a repeal of health care reform, eliminating or reducing federal agencies, ending student loans and cuts to foreign aid and government services.

"It gets in four years to where these guys can't figure out how they can even get a start on," Armey said Thursday on CNN's "American Morning."

The 12-person bipartisan congressional super committee has until next week to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade to avoid automatic across-the-board spending cuts starting in 2013.

But those associated with tea party debt commission said they have achieved the goals of the super committee, and more.

"One of the things we're trying to show Congress, this isn't that hard. Just go get it done," Armey said.

According to FreedomWorks, Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky, as well as Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Paul Broun of Georgia, Joe Walsh of Illinois, Michael Burgess of Texas, and Steve King of Iowa will attend Thursday's hearings.

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said the attendance of senators and representatives shows there is "popular support for legislative entrepreneurs who dare to be bold and attack our debt problem."

"Most importantly, this joint-session hearing proves that the winds in Washington are changing," Dean Clancy, legislative counsel for FreedomWorks said. "The American people are ready for big bold cuts and eliminating entire departments, and the representatives on the hill are finally hearing their call. It's very exciting stuff."


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • Dick Armey • FreedomWorks • Tea Party movement
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. CaliforniaBC

    HEY! I have an idea....WHY don't you "elected officials" meet with some realworld ECONOMISTS and STOP listening to cuts-only ignorance.

    November 17, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. annie s

    This particular American person isn't ready for anything the Koch Brothers Party, I mean the Tea Party, dishes out.

    November 17, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Duke One

    Like Gov. Perry said lets cut Congress and their pay in half and eleminate any wasteful programs, reform others, and send President Obama packing ! PERRY/RUBIO 2012 !!

    November 17, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. saranot

    Why aren't government troops interrupting tea party meetings the way they're attacking "occupiers?"

    November 17, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Members of the tea party movement are offering their response to the deficit reduction super committee in the form of proposed cuts and a committee hearing Thursday."

    Love the hat, Dick Armey! Guess tri-corner is a bit much, even for you, though. Love your "anti-lobbying lobbying" group, too, because if nothing else can be said about you and your TeaParty lobbyists, your efforts DO represent what real Americans most loath about Congress - dirty money buying dirty votes from dirty politicians. Eventually even the most politically unconcerned do come to their senses and almost always vote accordingly - regardless of party affiliation.

    November 17, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. stevie

    The Tea Party propelled Republicans to a LANDSLIDE win in congress last year. I think they carry some weight. You Demoncrats are just like the Greeks. Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee!!!

    November 17, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. al in memphis

    cuts spending by $9.7 trillion through a repeal of health care reform, eliminating or reducing federal agencies, ending student loans and cuts to foreign aid and government services.
    __________________________________
    First, I thought the majority of new health cost did not kick in until 2013 and that even then it would be moving cost related to uninsured away from federal deficit. Second, how are we going to rebuild our manufacturing and regain our technological leadership by cutting commitment to education. Looks like we are moving back to the era when only the rich could access quality education, the rest will have to go out and mortgage their lives . People are not asking for handouts, they just don't want the system so stack against them they have to sell their soul just to keep their body from dying.

    November 17, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Robert

    End student loans = less educated population
    cut government agencies = less oversight into education, our food sources, and the environment
    repeal health care = uncovered Americans
    Remove government programs = end Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps...

    Sounds like a real gas, lemme know how it turns out after the food riots in 9 months because there are no more food stamps...

    November 17, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Mario

    The Tea Party needs to take their proposal back to there mobile home's. In 2012 Hispanics and African American are going to run them out of office like we did Tuesday night.

    November 17, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. David

    What's this the strategy proposed when you all met at Denny's some time ago?

    November 17, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Sandra, Atl

    I want nothing to do with anything the Tea Party (translate Koch Brothers) represents. I can manage to think and analyze for myself.

    November 17, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. a in austin

    I didn't vote for the tea party. You do not represent me! These are not choices for everyday voters.

    November 17, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. one voice

    Go sit down pops, we know who you work for. Kings and servants is your goal, eliminating the middle class and having the billions of dollars from the Billionaire Koch Brothers, Karl Rove. How does 3 dollars an hour sound Teabaggers. The dumbing down of America is in full bloom. Obama/Biden 2012

    November 17, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Lisa P

    Where does anybody come off calling FreedonWorks - Dicky Armey's private little lobbying, spin and movement hijacking group - "grassroots"? If you ever wonder what's wrong with America and American politics today just take note of how uncritically the media repeats these lies. Dick Armey is trying to make the Tea Party nothing more than his useful fools.

    And if the Occupiers ever take to holding fake events like this for the press and touring the country in their customized bus I will say exactly the same thing about them.

    November 17, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Doug in NYC

    Here's an idea where to start, if deficit spending is 43 cents out of every dollar (or whatever) cut all federal salaries, congress, presidents judicial and congressional office costs by 43%. Time to lead by example people!!!!

    November 17, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Let's compromise, Dick. Now if you eliminate the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy, AS WAS PROMISED BY BUSH, we could get somewhere. If we eliminate the corporate welfare, reduce military spending, and increase capital gains taxes to what the middle class pays, then we could eliminate the national debt at the same time.

    November 17, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Seth A Drekin

    This is the most absurd thing I have ever read. These people should be committed.

    November 17, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. GAK

    What they(the Tea Party) haven't told us is which agencies,what government services they want cut..I guess doing away with student loans will enable the rich (Tea Partiers) to go without having us middle class people clogging up the class rooms. We don't need people having affordable health care so we should definitely do away with that!!! The foreign aid ,yes we can stop that. While we are at it let's do away with the Bush tax cuts,that will put Billions back in the tax coffers,eliminate ALL tax loop holes and reduce the amount of deductions anyone or corporation can have(Can you hear the Tea Partiers spasming) That with spending cuts(reasonable) will cut the deficit...But we all know the GOP will never go for it!!! Might mean the Koch brothers would have to pay REAL taxes...

    November 17, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Ed DFWTX

    I feel like the Tea Party is out of touch with reality while seeing their power slip away. The majority of Americans want a more progressive agenda that will really benefit tomorrow's generation, not just tax cuts that benefit the rich and big business.

    November 17, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    "Their plan, which FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey said was already scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, balances the federal budget in four years and cuts spending by $9.7 trillion through a repeal of health care reform, eliminating or reducing federal agencies, ending student loans and cuts to foreign aid and government services."
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    it's a good start.

    November 17, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Texas Annie

    Dicky Armey was my Representtive for many years & I met with him many times due to involvement in area government. He's one of the biggest egotist I've ever met. He thinks his **** don't stink for sure- and trust me, he's out to line his pockets every step of the way.

    November 17, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Mikey

    @ stevie
    "The Tea Party propelled Republicans to a LANDSLIDE win in congress last year. I think they carry some weight. You Demoncrats are just like the Greeks. Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee!!!"
    ***********
    Yes and the most of the country is now having buyer's remorse, many of us over candidates we didn't vote for. The vast majority of the population needs to go out and vote in 2012 or things are going to get worse.

    You need to keep in mind that OWS has twice the favorable rating in polls than the TP has. A high turnout in 2012 means a landslide for President Obama and moderate or liberal candidates. Register and vote!!!

    November 17, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    The Tea Party propelled Republicans to a LANDSLIDE win in congress last year.
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    Oh and I wonder what happened to the Tea Party backed candidates in ALL of the recall elections since. Talk about living in the past. If you think that the Tea Party is going to have much of a voice in 2012, you are in for a rude awakening.

    November 17, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. MTATL67

    These extremists are one the main reasons for the legislative shut down in Washington. The extremist group called the Tea party has not accomplished anything. They have not reduced the deficit. They have not helped a single person get a job. They have not helped any one keep their home. The have not helped any new small businesses open. As far as I can see their only accomplishments are making the recovery take longer and creating a hostile and overly negative political environment that will last fare beyond 2012.

    November 17, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair observed:
    it's a good start.
    ------------
    It is a false start. Look, if Ron Paul has signed off on it, then you know it is not good for the future.

    Dr. Paul wants to eliminate several federal agencies. Dr. Paul's vision for American life is for everyone to live on farms and grow your own food, just like "The Waltons". Dr. Paul's vision for the American economy is to eliminate the Fed ( and all cash ), and rely on a barter economy just like they did on "The Waltons". Dr. Paul's vision for education is home schooling, just like they did on "The Waltons". Dr. Paul's vision for national defense is buying another dog, just like they did on "The Waltons". Dr. Paul's vision for medical care is go talk to the local paster, just like they did on "The Waltons."

    I don't want to live like "The Waltons". Every week, it seemed like their entire world was coming to an end. No, thanks. I would never be able to take the stress

    November 17, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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