12 House Republicans will join new Tea Party Caucus
A dozen House Republicans have announced they will join the new Tea Party Caucus, and the group will gather Wednesday for its inaugural meeting.
The caucus has attracted GOP leaders -- Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, the third-ranking House Republican, and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee. But House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio said he would not join.
Sessions said Tuesday that he hopes the caucus will promote tea party ideals. He quickly added that he doesn't agree with every idea put forward by activists, who are fervently anti-Washington and have recently sparred with the NAACP over allegations of racism within the movement.
"I will just tell you, as in any group, I'm sure there's 1 percent that not everybody completely identifies with. You know, maybe within every family there's somebody that you don't strongly identify with," Sessions said.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will preside over the inaugural meeting of the caucus, and she said she hopes the newly formed group will provide a voice in Congress for "real housewives, real farmers, real businessmen, real plumbers."
Bachmann's office said the caucus meeting will feature a handful of people talking about the effects of economic policies on their families and businesses. The media are not invited, but Bachmann plans a news conference afterward.