Jan 04, 2013
By The Numbers: Meet the Tea Party Freshmen
Who are House Republicans bringing to Washington to join the Tea Party Caucus? They added 35 new members – more than 10 percent of their caucus.
The freshmen House Republicans have extreme records and out-of-touch ideas that will mix perfectly with the House Republican Tea Party Caucus. These freshmen Republicans want to restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, want to protect tax breaks for millionaires, Big Oil and corporations shipping jobs overseas, and they want to gamble seniors’ retirement investments on Wall Street.
Here’s what you need to know about them:
35 - Crusade Against Womens’ Health Care. Every single (35) Republican freshman opposes a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Twenty-nine (29) freshmen were endorsed by a group that opposed exceptions for abortion even in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. Eleven (11) freshmen even were endorsed by a group that opposed funding for daycare.
24 - The G in GOP=Grover. Twenty four (24) Republican freshman signed ultra-conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist’s pledge to protect tax breaks for millionaires and corporations that ship American jobs overseas. These Republicans are willing to hold the economy and middle class tax cut hostage, sending us over the fiscal cliff just to give another tax break to millionaires.
19 - On Board with Medicare-Ending Ryan Budget. During the campaign at least nineteen (19) supported or praised Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan that ends Medicare’s guaranteed benefit forcing seniors to pay more for their health insurance, while protecting tax breaks for millionaires, Big Oil and corporations shipping American jobs overseas.
6 - Privatizing Social Security With Risky Scheme on Wall Street. Six (6) Republican freshmen campaigned on supporting privatization of Social Security, joining 169 of their Republican colleagues. That means over 70% of the Republican Conference are on the record wanting to risk seniors’ investments on Wall Street.