Texas Senator forms Tea Party Caucus
POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 11:19am
UPDATED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 11:38am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature will have a new
caucus when they convene in January: the Tea Party Caucus.
Sen. Dan Patrick, R- Houston, said Thursday that he had formed
the caucus, which is made up of 50 House members and two senators.
To be a member, Patrick said legislators must agree to uphold
the principles of limited government, lower taxes and "defend the
sovereignty of Texas." Members also are required to sign and
support the Texas Conservative Coalition Pledge with Texas.
Patrick, a conservative talk radio host, called the tea party
movement "the most important political movement of our life
House Democrats were quick to respond, calling the conservative
group "extreme" and the agenda one of "irresponsible budget cuts
that will hurt hardworking Texas families."
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