Members Must be Free from Fear of Retribution

Today, Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, called for a secret ballot in the House for the next Speaker so Members can vote their conscience without fear of retribution from leadership.

“Through this ‘fiscal cliff’ crisis Congress has demonstrated once again its incapability of actually cutting government spending and preventing tax hikes. Republicans who stood on principle, and did not cave to political pressure instead should not be impeded from voting for a Speaker with whom they have confidence will help take the country in the right direction. The American people deserve nothing less than strong, conservative leadership,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.

“Members in the House must be able to vote for whom they think can stand firm for the principles they were elected to uphold, prevent the further erosion of the Constitution and slow the growth of government, without fear of retribution.”