Washington, D.C.- TheTeaParty.Net joined GOP Congressional members on Wednesday to present 160,000 signed petitions demanding that Congress not raise taxes on Americans. (See Video) The grassroots tea party group was joined by Sen. Rand Paul and Reps. Tim Huelskamp, John Fleming and Louie Gohmert.
Sen. Paul (R-KY) led the conference, saying,"The Republican Party is the party of limited government and low taxation. I don't think it's time to change who we are or what we stand for. Some have said this whole idea of pledging not to raise taxes is a bad idea. I disagree." He continued, "I was elected because the voters of Kentucky want less spending, limited government and less taxation."
Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) added, "I will not cave in. I am going to vote against raising taxes on anyone. Period. So not looking forward to any particular race. This is all about just what makes sense financially for your children and your grandchildren's future."
"What happens in the next few weeks could very well determine if the Republican Party survives as a coherent political movement," said Todd Cefaratti, founder of TheTeaParty.Net. "If the Republican Party can't hold the line on taxes, what usefulness does it have anymore? And If these leaders aren't willing to hold the line, we'll find someone who is."
"We are here to make clear to Congress that the tea party elected many of them. The tea party has not gone away. And the tea party has a long memory," added Scottie Nell Hughes, news director of the Tea Party News Network. "Our leaders need to stop worrying about the New York Times and start worrying about the people who elected them. If they don't, they should know that when it comes time for their next election, the Tea Party will be voting for someone who will keep their promises cut spending," she continued.
As the fiscal cliff negotiations linger on, speculation is mounting that GOP leadership is considering new job-killing taxes. Despite calls from conservative leaders to demand spending cuts in lieu of any tax increases, Republicans still continue to consider tax increases an option.
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