Senate Rules Committee freezes out Tea Party Debt Commission hearing

posted at 12:55 pm on November 18, 2011 by Steve Eggleston

FreedomWorks had planned on unveiling its Tea Party Debt Commission recommendations at 2 pm in the Russell Senate Office Building, with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) sponsoring the event and several other Congressmen slated to attend. Instead, after prior approval, and with essentially no notice given, the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Chuck Schumer (D-NY), blocked access to the hearing room.

They were forced to move the event to the Hillsdale College Kirby Center, where a livestream of the event was being hosted as I wrote this shortly after 3 pm Eastern. Quoting from the linked FreedomWorks press release:

“The Senate hasn’t been able to pass a budget resolution three years running. They have been unable to do their job, and now the Rules Committee is trying to prevent the American people from doing it for them,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks

“The Senate has refused to let the American people know what the highly secretive budget ‘Super Committee’ is doing behind closed doors,” Kibbe added. “We’ve come to Washington with the real solutions developed by the American people, and the Rules Committee won’t let their voices be heard in an open forum. It’s outrageous. They’re kicking us out of our own building because they’re afraid we are going to do something crazy like balance the budget.”

The Tea Party Commission’s budget aims to balance the budget within 4 years and cap spending at 17.5% GDP by cutting several cabinet agencies, eliminating ObamaCare, mildly reforming both Medicare and Social Security, and cutting subsidies to farmers and students. Indeed, one could almost call it the anti-Occupier budget.

As Michelle Malkin said,“What are Dirty Harry and his Democratic henchmen so afraid of? Simple: Concrete solutions to kick-the-can-down-the-road fecklessness.”

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“The Senate hasn’t been able to pass a budget resolution three years running. They have been unable to do their job, and now the Rules Committee is trying to prevent the American people from doing it for them,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks

It’s not a do nothing Congress. It’s do nothing Democrats.

rbj on November 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

They really, really fear us.

UltimateBob on November 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

“I won.”

Why bother talking to anyone who lost the last Presidential election?

Washington Nearsider on November 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

. . . . . . after prior approval, and with essentially no notice given, the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Chuck Schumer (D-NY), blocked access to the hearing room.

Can the ‘prior approval’ be officially documented?

listens2glenn on November 18, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Time for Occupy Russell Senate Office Building (orSOB).

WashJeff on November 18, 2011 at 1:05 PM

The Democrats are at war with the nation.

Lourdes on November 18, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Why would Schumer allow “terrorist Tea Party” people to speak?

portlandon on November 18, 2011 at 1:06 PM

This poor sick Republic is hopelessly, irreconcilably divided and is heading for absolute chaos and disaster. Say goodbye to the once great country we all loved, respected and trusted. It’s all but over folks.

rplat on November 18, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Can the ‘prior approval’ be officially documented?

listens2glenn on November 18, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Probably far better than a reservation to camp in Zuccotti Park.

unclesmrgol on November 18, 2011 at 1:07 PM

This poor sick Republic is hopelessly, irreconcilably divided and is heading for absolute chaos and disaster. Say goodbye to the once great country we all loved, respected and trusted. It’s all but over folks.

rplat on November 18, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I’m sure the same feelings were present in 1860.

unclesmrgol on November 18, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Corruptocrat Schumer is demonstrating typical Democrat behavior. “We don’t like it, so we’ll just not let you present it even though we told you it was OK. Oh, you are presenting it anyway? NAHNAHNHANHANHA…I CANT HEAR YOU….’ Pathetic. If we had an objective Press, this party of fools and knaves, supported by wealthy parasites like George Soros would never win another election.

I read the TEA Party Debt Commission’s budget. Overall, I like it a lot. I’d personally go further with cuts and defundings to other government agencies (most of DHS, all of the ATF, and TSA come to mind VERY quickly), but it is a carefully thought out proposal in my opinion. It’s a long read but well worth it. For anyone else who cares to read it, the full text in PDF format can be downloaded here: http://www.freedomworks.org/the-tea-party-budget

StoneHeads on November 18, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I’m sure the same feelings were present in 1860.

unclesmrgol on November 18, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Yeah, and look what happened to them.

Washington Nearsider on November 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM

i really despise the senate dems…

cmsinaz on November 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I wonder who will hear of this? The media used to disseminate news; now they have become the curtain from the Wizard of Oz.

Vashta.Nerada on November 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Vashta.Nerada on November 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM

THIS
+100

cmsinaz on November 18, 2011 at 1:20 PM

The Tea Party Commission’s budget aims to balance the budget within 4 years and cap spending at 17.5% GDP by cutting several cabinet agencies, eliminating ObamaCare, mildly reforming both Medicare and Social Security, and cutting subsidies to farmers and students. Indeed, one could almost call it the anti-Occupier Ron Paul budget.

Almost, but a little tamer, really.

JohnGalt23 on November 18, 2011 at 1:22 PM

This seems extra petty, even for Democrats.

Cindy Munford on November 18, 2011 at 1:27 PM

i really despise the senate dems…

cmsinaz on November 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I really despise the senate dems… progressives, not all of whom Dems.

listens2glenn on November 18, 2011 at 1:29 PM

They really, really fear us.

UltimateBob on November 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Which is why they are dying for Romney to be the nominee.

SouthernGent on November 18, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Unbelievable!!! Wow…how can Schumer get away with that?

tinkerthinker on November 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

“What are Dirty Harry and his Democratic henchmen so afraid of? Simple: Concrete solutions to kick-the-can-down-the-road fecklessness.”

Nailed it!

Once again, THANK YOU NEVADA!

GarandFan on November 18, 2011 at 1:33 PM

The Democrats are at war with the nation.

Lourdes on November 18, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Unbelievable!!! Wow…how can Schumer get away with that?

tinkerthinker on November 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Is it time to drag them out by their thumbs and find the nearest lightpole yet???

Fartnokker on November 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

listens2glenn on November 18, 2011 at 1:29 PM

thank you for the fix

cmsinaz on November 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

No matter how bad they get liberals never feel shame.

No matter how bad they get liberals never stop.

Speakup on November 18, 2011 at 2:18 PM

He just needed to bring a tent, set it up and proclaim he was an ‘occupier’ Then he couldn’t be touched.

michaelo on November 18, 2011 at 2:43 PM

It’s not a do nothing Congress. It’s do nothing Democrats.

rbj on November 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

This is what I don’t understand. How come the Dems are so eager to run on a “do nothing congress” (which is an obvious lie). And the republicans are not eager to run on the real “do nothing” record of the Democrats? Instead the republicans are shaking in their boots. Just don’t get it.

neuquenguy on November 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

The NYT has an entirely different take:

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/a-tea-party-hearing-is-blocked-in-the-senate/

via MM.

We live in a world where facts mean nothing.

novaculus on November 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM

So where or where was Mitch McConnell, how ’bout Orin Hatch, or John McCain, or some of the more prominent old guard Senators.. oh well never mind.

kringeesmom on November 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

thank you for the fix

cmsinaz on November 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

The U.S. Senate is the body giving the most resistance to a real Conservative change in this country.

listens2glenn on November 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Unbelievable!!! Wow…how can Schumer get away with that?

tinkerthinker on November 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Exactly who is gonna do exactly what about it?

He will get away with it because no one will do a damn thing to keep him from getting away with it.

runawayyyy on November 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

“The Senate hasn’t been able has refused to pass a budget resolution three years running. They have been unable unwilling to do their job, and now the Rules Committee is trying to prevent has prevented the American people from doing it for them,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks.

Words matter.

madmonkphotog on November 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM