The Tea Party movement has earned a sizeable voice inCongress after two tumultuous years in the making, and it’s moving quickly to carve out a foothold in Washington before the next session begins in January.
Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party darling who moved to create a House caucus for the movement over the summer, is planning to run for a top-ranking leadership position, according to a colleague. Rand Paul, the winner of the Kentucky Senate contest, said Wednesday that he wants to form a bicameral Tea Party caucus.
The developments signal that theÂ TeaÂ Party’s congressional stewards are looking to expand the movement’s reach as soon as possible, though it’s unclear whether the contingent will complement or combat the Republican Party as a whole.
While some party leaders on both sides of the aisle said they would welcome and work with the new class of lawmakers, Tea Party-aligned Sen. Jim DeMint on Wednesday suggested the incoming members wage a battle against the party infrastructure. But the Tea Party candidates as well as theÂ veteran GOP legislators were all talking about the same thing in the wake of their historic gains in the midterm elections — cutting spending, cutting government and spurring economic growth.
“Americans don’t understand why we have to balance our own family budget and Congress doesn’t. It just doesn’t make any sense to us,” Paul told Fox News. “We have to do something to get our fiscal house in order.”
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