Tea Party Caucus set to meet
January 14th, 2011
06:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Tea Party Caucus set to meet

(CNN) - The Senate Tea Party Caucus will convene for the first time January 27 at a meeting that will feature members of local Tea Party groups and Republican Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

According to a statement, they will discuss spending proposals, options for balancing the budget, ending the deficit and limiting the size of government.

"The folks who made the Tea Party such a force to be reckoned with in the last election can have an enduring impact by holding elected officials accountable to the people. They will be watching to see if those they helped elect make good on their limited government promises, and I intend to help them stay informed and engaged," DeMint said in the statement.

The three senators were backed by the Tea Party movement in their respective elections and supported the idea of a Tea Party Caucus in the Senate.

"By joining with my fellow Senators, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, as well as grassroots groups who see the need for government reform, the caucus will work to enact real change to protect our country and its taxpayers from an ever-expanding government," Paul said.

Filed under: Jim DeMint • Mike Lee • Rand Paul • Tea Party movement
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Shannon

    Will they talk about what their hate and violence has done to this country. I doubt it, there isn't a lot of personal responsibility in the Tea Party. The talk the talk, but they don't walk the walk.

    January 14, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. aaron in MN

    The republican party is the party of fear. It's the party of say as many nasty and false things as possible and see which ones stick and then run with it. It's the Jim Crowe party. It's the party that hated women, blacks, gays and hispanics. If we want to tone down the rhetoric how about we get "real men and women" in the republican party? Or better yet, let's get ric of the republican party for an entirely new party. Green party anyone?

    January 14, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Do not forget Bachmann she will receive the first annual and official tea bag award!

    January 14, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Mike Dallas

    I am sure it will be held at night in a revival tent surrounded by burning crosses.

    Strictly for lighting purposes, of course.

    January 14, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. tony

    Without Angle, Miller and others, they lost more than they won, so can hardly claim any mandate from the US voting public. But being Self Righteous, they probably will.

    January 14, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Peter E

    What force? The Tea party backed almost entirely Washington insiders, who had a record of pork spending, and the rest of the so-called fiscal conservatives were defeated in the elections. The Tea Party is either, naive, blind, or an outright liar! Facts are facts people! Check the ACTUAL record of your chosen ones!

    January 14, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The Tea Party is nothing, unless the put forth their own candidates, as a 3rd party option. Anything less, is meaningless.

    January 14, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Ooo, I am a conservative! I hate spending and big government! Except when it is republican! Deficits are OKAY when republicans pass bills (No Child Left Behind, Bush tax cuts, Medicare expandion, Iraq discretionary bills, Farm and Oil subsidies, Wall Street and Bank bailouts, etc.) because... because... well, I just think everything republicans do is justified, even when I call democrats Hitler when they do exactly the same thing.

    January 14, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Ohh Goooody - more "dog whistles" - more secret codes for arming and firing, and reloading that only the Koch brothers puppets understand. More ways to lead the ignorant to vote against what's best for this country. Might have known Bachmann and Demented would be the heads. How much DO the Koch's pay them and their families????

    January 14, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. John

    demint is leading the 21st century Know Nothings into historical footnote status.

    January 14, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. PaulC

    If they truly want to cut the size of the gov. I suggest a constitutional amendment to specify Congress be limited to 50 Senators and 200 Representatives. That will have a significant impact on the budget and I can assure you it will be passed by the 50 states in record time.

    January 14, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |