July 16th, 2010
04:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Bachmann files paperwork for Tea Party Caucus

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/11/art.bachmann0121.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Michele Bachmann has filed paperwork to start a Tea Party Caucus."](CNN) – The 2010 midterms will offer Tea Party activists their first chance to elect their preferred candidates to national office. But once those candidates get to Washington, there might already be a "Tea Party Caucus" waiting to greet them.

That's because a Tea Party favorite, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, has filed paperwork to start such a caucus in the House.

In a letter dated July 15 and sent to Rep. Robert Brady, the Democratic chairman of the House Administration Committee, Bachmann asked to register the group for the 111th Congress.

Bachmann writes: "I would like to register the House Tea Party Caucus as a Congressional Member Organization for the 111th Congress. The House Tea Party Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to promote Americans' call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and limited government."

In her letter, Bachmann named herself as chair of the caucus.

"The American people are speaking out loud and clear," Bachmann said in a separate statement. "They have had enough of the spending, the bureaucracy, and the government knows best mentality running rampant today throughout the halls of Congress. This caucus will espouse the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold."

Bachmann isn't the only Tea Party-backed Republican who is keen on the idea.

Earlier this week, Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul told the National Review that if elected, he hopes to band together with like-minded conservatives to form what he called a "Tea Party Caucus" in the upper chamber that will advocate for small government ideals.

"I think I will be part of a nucleus with Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, who are unafraid to stand up," Paul said. "If we get another loud voice in there, like Mike Lee from Utah or Sharron Angle from Nevada, there will be a new nucleus."

UPDATE: In a letter sent Friday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Bachmann petitioned the Democratic leader for her support.

"In conversations my staff had with the Committee, some concerns were voiced that this caucus may face roadblocks due to the perceived political nature of the label 'Tea Party,'" Bachmann said.

"As Members of Congress, we have an obligation to represent the views of our constituents, and this Caucus would do nothing more than promote the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold."

- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report

soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Steph

    So, THIS is what republicans do with all that free time. Saying "no" takes but a second. They need other activities, such as filing paperwork to start a little club, to occupy their time.

    July 16, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Okay everybody - let's take a poll -

    Who is more stupid, Palin or Bachmann?

    July 16, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Craig

    Wow getting the really important stuff done isnt she.

    July 16, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. independent

    A dangerous fanatic elected by people showing their populist fears. God save America from these people.

    July 16, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. dwight huth

    Yep Jim Demint and Tom Colburn may be unfraid to stand up but I wonder if they are going to be afraid when they sit down?

    July 16, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    The Tea party doesn't weant small Government? They just want their own form of Big Government. they are Neo Conservatives.

    Neo conservatives simply don't want small government. They want their own version of big government. Of course, they have done a pretty good job of fooling American voters for decades by repeating the phrases "limited government" and "small government" like a hypnotic chant. It's interesting that Neo conservatives only notice "big government" when it's something their political enemies want. When Neo conservatives want it, apparently it doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants a trillion-dollar foreign war, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants a 700-billion-dollar bank bailout, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to spend billions fighting a needless and destructive War on Drugs, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to spend billions building border fences, that don’t count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to "protect" the huge, unjust, and terribly inefficient Social Security and Medicare programs, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants billions in farm subsidies, that doesn't count.

    You better not want to have same sex rights either.

    You better not want the right to choose...

    It's truly amazing how many things "don't count."

    July 16, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    They better line the walls with rubber mats.

    Gotta lveo Boehnhead's ban on regulation though. Anything to stall any progress from taking place or help and relief to the people from occurring during this administration...ANYTHING. They want late 2011 to roll around and for us to be in the same position of suffering we're in right now (or, they hope, even worse). This is PROOF that their game is precisely that. They're basically saying "stop trying to fix things that are clearly broken...you're making us look bad for doing absolutely nothing about these things for 8 years!!!!"

    You see, some of the major legislation that has been enacted, particularly the HCR Bill, is set to start helping people, but it's also 100% necessary that the gov't agencies in charge of administering the programs created by legislation and overseeing industry's efforts to comply....they have to create rules and regulations for those things...procedures for doing things, standards for determining things, etc. Otherwise it all comes to a standstill or, worse, gets all kinds of mucked up and is irreparably damaged. These GOP goofs want to stop regulations from being enacted because it would be the functional equivalent of repealing legislation like the HCR Bill...but it sounds different than just saying "repeal the HCR Bill"...less radical, less absolutist and less regressive. The LAST thing they want is for anything to work as intended or be given the slightest chance of doing so. Because they have painted themselves into the ideological corner, they absolutely MUST fight for the right to say "we told you so...government can't do anything right and these programs are all a disaster blah blah blah." The true-believing tinfoil hat GOPer brigade and the portion of independents who are intellectually defenseless will buy that kind of crap and completely ignore the fact that this moratorium on regulation is what caused the breakdown. Self-centered nihilist pigdogs.

    July 16, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Tall Ed

    I think it is fitting the people she listed are about as sharp as a wet Tea Bag.

    July 16, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    They'll be able to hold this caucus in a broom closet.

    July 16, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. independent

    In the spirit of the TeaParty's mantra of smaller government, let's get rid of the 6th district representative from Minn. In fact, to really save money by making government smaller, let's get rid of every Representative who signs up for this caucus. Think of the money we will save. Thank you teapartiers for helping to make government smaller.

    July 16, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Mike Hawk

    "Bachman files her nails" would be a better headline and something she's more capable of doing.

    July 16, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bachmann files paperwork for Tea Party Caucus

    What? Out of all of those so-called highly intelligent, college and beyond educated, teeming masses of good-willed, love-thy-neighbor 'Mericuns...not ONE of the could write?

    Say it isn't so?!

    July 16, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. bbrooker

    "the government knows best mentality"... isn't that the whole purpose of government? To elect people to make decisions based on expert panels and committees? Do I want Joe the Plumber to make international trade decisions, or decide whether or not it's a good idea to have genetically modified foods? NO I DON'T! The general public is far too stupid to make these kinds of decisions which is why we put them in your hands, Bachman!

    P.S. Your political ideas are "SHOVEL READY!"

    July 16, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Bob in PA

    Michele Bachmann – brains, bueaty, and willing to go dutch... !

    July 16, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    Wow, then they could repeal the emancipation proclamation, have black slaves take the jobs the Mexicans do, and give the Mexicans the same treatment we gave the Injuns!

    July 16, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Wake up and smell the coffee

    Well, Bachmann sure has a lot of crazy so she will fit right in with the Tea Party. She also brings plenty of criticism with no ideas and lots of hyperbole to add to their ample supplies.

    July 16, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. XWngLady

    Mrs. Bachmann, if you want to belong to the TEA Party, then you need to run as a TEA PARTY or Independent candidate. Until then, you should not be filing paperwork for the "TEA PARTY" as a Congressional Caucus. Either change the name to something else, or leave the Republican Party and become a member of the TEA Party. Stop hiding behind the Republicans and put your own Political Party out there like everyone else and lets see how far you get.

    July 16, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Earth to ding bat...you won't have enough member to make a caucus.

    July 16, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. carlos

    and the retards keep showing their true ignorance and unamerican attitudes......such a complete idiot would do that, well, she is, PERIOD

    July 16, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. David

    God save us all...

    July 16, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. harvey 60

    self- nominated – took a page right out of the Dick Cheney playbook, eh, Michelle? the only things you and the Tea Party stand for are right-wing white racist ideas like no government regulations, God in every house and on every lawn, guns everywhere for everybody, money for the rich and none for the poor and middle class, family values aka no abortions. anyone with a brain would have nothing to do with you or any member of this supposed caucus. but no one ever accused any Republican since Theodore Roosevelt for having a brain. why don't you and the supposed Tea Party activists call the Tea Party by it's real name – the Ku Klux Klan of the New Millenium.

    July 16, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Not All Docs Play Golf

    This woman is representative of the extremism that the Republican party has become. If one is moderate and can work across the aisle and compromise to get things done, then they are ousted for not being extreme enough. As long as the Republicans continue to let Limbaugh, Bachmann, Beck, Angle and Palin do their talking and define the Republican brand...they will continue to lose middle America, and for good reason. Can you imagine a world run by these people? How hateful would that be?

    July 16, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    This woman is a true idiot, nothing more needs to be said.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    July 16, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. carlos

    the TEATARDS caucus

    July 16, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. REG in AZ

    It is amazing but clearly informative to see the comments critical of Obama regarding the Gulf oil leak and that some even blame the whole thing (and everything) on him. Those critics not only identify their true biased and prejudiced nature but also the real negative character of their irresponsible and obnoxious aggressive efforts to sway others' thinking. No one should expect anyone to totally agree with everything anyone does but it should be reasonable to expect people to be honest and logical when finding fault. When objectively and rationally viewing what transpired it becomes totally obvious that not only did Obama not cause the problem (as with most all of the problems he inherited and is responding to) but also that he actively did all he thought he could do to achieve quick resolution. Some may not agree with all of his actions but the actions should be recognized as being constant and diligent (also recognizing that most critics are really just biased and emotional rather than informed and rational) and then credit should be given for honest effort. The critics, and everyone, should see that what is said against someone really defines those that say it more than it does who it is said about. The stink literally sticks with the BSers.

    July 16, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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