By KATE ZERNIKE, The New York Times
As Tea Party politicians prepare to take their seats when the 112th Congress convenes this week, they are already taking issue with Republicans for failing to hold the line against the flurry of legislation enacted in the waning weeks of Democratic control of the House of Representatives and for not giving some candidates backed by Tea Party groups powerful leadership positions.
Just a month ago, Tea Party leaders were celebrating their movementâ€™s victories in the midterm elections. But as Congress wrapped up an unusually productive lame-duck session last month, those same Tea Party leaders were lamenting that Washington behaved as if it barely noticed that American voters had repudiated the political establishment.
In their final days controlling the House, Democrats succeeded in passing legislation that Tea Party leaders opposed, including a bill to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers at the site of the World Trade Center attacks, an arms-control treaty with Russia, a food safety bill and a repeal of the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.
â€œDo I think that theyâ€™ve recognized what happened on Election Day? I would say decisively no,â€ said Mark Meckler, a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, which sent its members an alert last month urging them to call their representatives to urge them to â€œstop now and go home!!â€
â€œWe sent them a message that we expect them to go home and come back newly constituted and do something different,â€ Mr. Meckler said. â€œFor them to legislate when theyâ€™ve collectively lost their mandate just shows the arrogance of the ruling elite. I canâ€™t imagine being repudiated in the way they were and then coming back and saying â€˜Now that weâ€™ve been repudiated, letâ€™s go pass some legislation.â€™ â€
â€œIâ€™m surprised by how blatant it was,â€ he added.
To read more, visit: As New Congress Begins, Actions of G.O.P. Leaders Anger Tea Party Activists
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