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Unformatted text preview: h $1.4 trillion this year. "It (the S&P report) is a vindication of the Tea Party and its stance that we're spending too much," said Republican Blake Farenthold, one of more than 50 members of the House of Representatives' Tea Party Caucus. "The Tea Party isn't a bunch of radical crazies. They are everyday folks who have enough common sense to realize that we are on an unsustainable path of 'spend, spend, spend,'" Farenthold told Reuters. The Tea Party helped make deficit reduction a top issue in last year's election, and, in doing so, helped Republicans win control of the House of Representatives from President Barack Obama's Democrats. Under pressure from the Tea Party, Congress last week approved what was billed as a historic deal to cut U.S. spending this fiscal year by $38 billion. But Tea Partiers, who favored at least $100 billion in cuts, complained it wasn't nearly enough. House Republican Leader Eric Cantor, who along with other high-ranking members of his party have drawn Tea Party fire, reiterated his call for any increase in the $14.3 trillion debt limit to be accompanied by significant spending cuts. "Today S&P sent a wake-up call to those in Washington asking Congress to blindly increase the debt limit," he said. "As S&P made clear, getting spending and our deficit under control can no longer be put off for another day, which is why House Republicans will only move forward on the President's request to increase the debt limit if it is accompanied by serious reforms that immediately reduce federal spending." ...The S&P report tends to validate Tea Party positions on the debt and it will add to their argument going into the 2012 campaign. Obama ignores it at his peril. His message of raising taxes is one that voters already reject by about 65 percent. His speeches are just going to remind voters just how out of touch Obama is. The Tea Party hates spending – debt debate proves Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor, 3-31-11 (Gail Russell, Christian Science Monitor staff writer, “Tea party rally to Congress: Spending cuts aren't deep enough” Christian Science Monitor, http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0331/Tea-party-rally-toCongress-Spending-cuts-aren-t-deep-enough accessed June 28, 2011, EJONES) Amid reports that House and Senate negotiators are close to a deal to avert a government shutdown, tea party activists are converging on the Capitol for a midday rally to press for deeper spending cuts and for defunding President Obama’s health-care reform. “I think we’ll see a high level of excitement,” says Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa, a featured speaker at Thursday’s rally. “It helps our leadership to have a strong showing so that Republicans and [Senate majority leader] Harry Reid sees that this is real.” A key target for the rally is the ongoing negotiations over spending for the balance of the 2011 fiscal year. The latest continuing resolution will expire on Ap...
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