Tea Party unhappy Bachmann left off Ways and Means
December 15, 2010 — 5:57pm
A national Tea Party leader has complained to Politico that the new GOP leadership in the House snubbed their movement by leaving Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann off the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
Bachmann’s office has been mum about her desire to be on Ways and Means. But others haven’t been. Jenny Beth Martin, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, is quoted in Politico today complaining that the omission “shows leadership doesn’t particularly support her.”
Getting the nod instead was Minnesota Republican Erik Paulsen, entering his second term in Congress. Some insiders had thought Bachmann, elected in 2006, would get on Ways and Means as consolation for dropping her bid to be House GOP Conference chairwoman.
Bachmann, a former tax attorney and Tea Party heroine, introduced legislation today to make the Bush-era tax cuts permanent. The move comes after President Obama and GOP congressional leaders forged an accord extending them for two years.
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