After congressional leaders reached an agreement on the federal budget, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., opposed the temporary bill to avert a government shutdown. The freshman senator and Tea Party darling had drafted a Shutdown Prevention Act that his office said would essential federal services continue to function in the absence of a spending bill. […]
The frustration with government that drives the Tea Party is most often focused on federal officials—the president, members of Congress, etc. But Education Week reports that the rise in small government ethos is affecting down ticket races, too.
In a speech on the Senate floor today, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will praise and welcome a group of Tea Party protesters rallying on Capitol Hill.
The senator spoke briefly about the conflict in Libya and criticized the president for not involving congress more heavily in the decisions to enforce a no-fly zone over the country. He also told the Louisville Rotary Club Thursday he is considering a run for the presidency in 2012, but will not run against his father.
Paul told the Associated Press in an interview Thursday in Louisville that he’s being urged by supporters in several states to make a run if Congressman Ron Paul of Texas does not enter the race.
Paul was promoting his new book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” Letterman asked the Senator about the Tea Party platform, and the conversation centered largely around tax cuts for wealthy Americans. It started with Letterman making a joke about Paul’s decision to wear jeans with a tie and blazer and ended with a brief discussion of education funding and the protests in Wisconsin. You can watch the whole clip online.
Paul’s budget plan would cut billions from the departments of education, housing and agriculture, among others. It puts him and his Tea Party Caucus at odds with both major parties.
Yarmuth says he’s been pleased with new Republican Speaker John Boehner’s nods to bipartisanship, but he’s not sure whether that will pan out over the next two years. While Yarmuth has his concerns about GOP’s plans for the upcoming session, he says the party may have difficulty reigning in newly-elected representatives.
At a Capitol press conference after the leadership election, McConnell said lawmakers need to respond to Americans’ demand for a reduction in spending and debt and to find ways to spur job creation.