Senate Rules Committee freezes out Tea Party Debt Commission hearing

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 is being hosted as I type 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.”