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Tea Party Caucus Meets

4:25 PM, Mar 1, 2011 • By MATT KATZENBERGER
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Rep. Michele Bachmann’s House Tea Party Caucus held its first meeting on Monday. About 30 members showed up, according to an article in the Hill.

The meeting reportedly focused on budget-related issues, including whether to support raising the debt ceiling: “Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)…said there was discussion of tying any vote to raise the debt limit to a serious concession from House Democrats – a vote on a constitutional balanced-budget amendment, for example.”

The Hill goes on: “Fewer than a dozen Republican freshmen have joined the House Tea Party Caucus, so far – a relatively anemic number given the size of the class and the fact that many were helped to victory in 2010 by Tea Party activists.”

The caucus currently has fifty members, including eleven freshmen. Bachmann expects membership to grow, and while other representatives have expressed interest, many are now saying they are too busy to join. 

Matt Katzenberger is an intern at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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