“Thousands of you let us know that we should and we hear you loud and clear,” their e-mail declares.
“While the Congress continues ‘business-as-usual’ with their short-term resolutions, we will be there to continue our Tea Party Revolution and demand they make the tough decisions we sent them there to make,” states the e-mail alert.
A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, responded that Democrats still hold the Senate and the White House, a reality Republicans must contend with as they battle over a longer-range spending plan for the remainder of the fiscal year that will end on September 30.
“Washington remains a Democrat-controlled town and congressional Republicans are the only thing standing between the American people and more ‘stimulus’ spending, bailouts, and Big-Government takeovers of the private sector," said Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel.
“We will continue to listen to the people and press the Democrats who control the Senate and White House for real spending cuts that will help to remove uncertainty for private-sector job creators,” said Steel.
Still, the Tea Party Patriots’ e-mail lists a number of grievances that appear to especially single out newly elected House Republicans. Those complaints include:
- “We sent them there to cut spending and while they may tell you that they have cut $10 Billion from the budget in a three-week period, the same day that the last CR passed in the House, an additional $72 Billion was added to deficit … in ONE DAY.”
- “They pledged to us that they were going to cut $100 Billion in spending this fiscal year, so far they have failed to follow through on that pledge.”
- “We sent them there to make tough decisions, to be leaders, and yet they are timidly passing mediocre spending reforms as if they are avoiding conflict with the Democrats.”
- “We sent them there to be BOLD and yet their actions are showing otherwise.
The group’s e-mail goes on to describe the planned protest as “merely a continuation of the battles fought over the last two years.”
“Help us continue to gain ground and build on the successes we’ve had,” urges the e-mail. “They are testing the waters and waiting for us to go away. We're not going away! Will you stand on the steps of the Capitol with us next Thursday to help send that message to them loud and clear?”
This article appears in the March 24, 2011, edition of NJ Daily.