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“Tea Party Town Hall” in DC – Tomorrow Evening – Watch Live; and Tea Party Caucus and Congressional Update.

February 7, 2011

This will really frustrate liberals (and a few RINOs too) GOOD! Our momentum continues…


We have been working hard to be an unstoppable force in Washington, and to build upon the incredible momentum the tea party movement already has going for it.  We are thrilled to announce that next week theTea Party Express will host a first-ever “Tea Party Town Hall” 


This event is truly historic – we will be having our elected officials in Washington, D.C. answering to the American people and bringing the power of the tea party movement to the belly of the beast.  Some of the most important and exciting members of the House and Senate have already agreed to participate.

We have to do in holding our leaders in D.C. accountable.  


Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announces the formation of the Tea Party Caucus in Washington
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (C) joined by tea party supporters and follow representatives announces the formation of the Tea Party Caucus at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 21, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Tea Party Caucus and Congressional Update by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

First, let me say ‘thank you’ to my friends at Tea Party Nation for the opportunity to give you an update on the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives. I started the Tea Party Caucus to provide another avenue through which everyday Americans could share their thoughts and frustrations with members of Congress.

The tea party continues to be a powerful voice in the national conversation about the direction of our country, calling for a return to the constitutional limits of our federal government, and demanding an end to massive deficits and endless job-destroying regulations. Your voice was loud and clear in November and I’m grateful that you continue to speak out against the overreach of an out-of-control federal government. 

The tea party played an indispensible role in sending men and women to Congress who are deeply committed to the Constitution, who will fight to end the reckless spending and who believe in free market solutions to our nation’s economic struggles. I look forward to having many of those newly-elected members join me in the Tea Party Caucus.

It was the influence of everyday Americans that helped bring about the reading of the Constitution on the House floor, and a new House rule which requires us to cite specific authority from the Constitution before legislation we propose can be considered. We’ve also seen the start of Constitutional Seminars. On January 24th more than 50 House members and staff were privileged to hear from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. I hosted this meeting in conjunction with the Tea Party Caucus, as a way of letting House members hear from a scholar on the Constitution.

Justice Scalia gave an important presentation on the Separation of Powers between the branches, and he took questions from the bipartisan group of House members who attended. We had a lively and collegial dialogue at this first Constitutional Seminar, and on February 9th, Dr. Larry Arnn, the President of Hillsdale College, will come to Washington for our next seminar. He will be talking to House members about the oath that we take when we begin our term in office.

The Tea Party Caucus will hold its first official meeting in mid-February. We had 52 members last year, and are looking forward to new members who will join during the 112th Congress. Our first meeting will focus on a critical issue: the debt ceiling. As you have heard, President Obama’s spending is projected to cost the nation a record annual deficit this year of about $1.5 trillion. The President wants to raise the debt ceiling so that he and Washington Democrats can continue their spending spree. But I and many of my colleagues want to focus on spending cuts. We are ready to vote “no” on what would be the 11th increase of the debt ceiling in as many years.

The debt ceiling is one of the crucial issues on which you need to speak out. Your representatives in Washington need to hear from you before this matter comes up for a vote. The powerful voice of the tea party can make a difference in saying “no” to another increase in the credit limit for a government that is already $14 trillion in debt.

I look forward to giving you another update on the Tea Party Caucus next month. By then I should be able to tell you which House members have joined the caucus, and what we have planned for the months ahead. In the meantime, you can get up-to-the-minute updates on my Facebook page and by becoming my follower on Twitter @michelebachmann.

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