Tea party ups ante on super committee
November 17th, 2011
11:25 AM ET
11 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. Jim

    Look, income inequality is a self limiting problem. No matter what society it has occurred in throughout human history it resolves itself. At some point, and it may take a few generations, when the inequality becomes too extreme the people on the lower end line up the people at the top end against the wall and do a very rapid redistribution of the wealth. Then the cycle starts again. Anyone that thinks that can't happen here eventually is living in complete denial of history and human nature.

    November 17, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. zip

    If we could get all these people in one room and call in an airstrike, America could start ot recover

    November 17, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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