The influence of the Tea Party is about to endure a critical test, as lawmakers enter the second chapter of their deficit-reduction plan after approving a record increase in the debt ceiling. Conservative Republicans have been conflicted over the 11th-hour compromise and the course of the debate as a whole. While they claim credit for shifting the conversation in Washington from stimulus to deficit reduction, Tea Party lawmakers and activists were disappointed with the result of the debt-cap talks.
“The Tea Party movement has changed the debate. Next up is changing out more congressmen. (emphasis added) That’s where we will get our big policy changes,” Kibbe said. Read more at Next Phase of Deficit Battle Could Test Tea Party Resolve – FoxNews.com.