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#2 Sep 6, 2013
Tea Party group to fight Syria resolution
Sep. 6, 2013 10:59 AM |
by Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
A group with strong ties to the Tea Party movement is urging members of Congress to vote against the Syria resolution and plans to keep tabs on lawmakers through its annual scorecard.
"Congress should be focusing on the red ink at home, not arbitrarily established red lines abroad," said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks. "Congress ignores the will of the voters on this issue at their own peril."
The decision by FreedomWorks to tap its supporters, as a way to put pressure on lawmakers, underscores the political peril for Congress in the Syria vote.
Kibbe made reference to the House's initial defeat in 2008 of the government's financial bailout package as an example of what can happen when people outside of Washington put pressure on Congress. Groups like FreedomWorks to this day still remind voters of which lawmakers supported the bailout.
"This tone deafness led to a grass-roots revolution," he said, which gave rise to Tea Party groups.
President Obama faces an uphill battle in Congress on Syria, especially in the House where liberals and conservatives are opposed to military action and huge majorities in both parties are still undecided. On the left, MoveOn.org is lobbying against the Syria resolution.
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