Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann recently announced her intentions to form a “Tea Party Caucus” in Congress to address the growing voice of the Tea Party across America. After getting permission from House leaders to pursue this possibility, they recently held their first meeting which was attended by 28 Representatives, all Republicans.
This group formed out of necessity to set themselves apart as Representatives willing to listen to the American People. This group should not have to exist. However, the current climate of pseudo-representation in Washington DC has led these members to the conclusion that if We the People were going to be heard, they’d have to do it outside of the traditional caucuses in the House. A group of men and women dedicated to listening to and hearing the voices of the American people is one of many things our country needs right now. Hopefully this group will draw legislators from both sides of the aisle committed to an open and honest discourse.
Early word out of DC is that others have expressed some interest in joining the caucus. I hope that others will. This is a group I would welcome the opportunity to be a part of in January 2011. America needs men and women willing to stand up for the right thing, and this group appears ready to do just that.