TPP disappointed in GOP cave on Vitter subpoenas


Atlanta – The Tea Party Patriots (TPP) reacted angrily to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee’s refusal to issue subpoenas that would have exposed the special treatment the political ruling class receives under Obamacare.

“Today’s vote to deny Chairman Vitter’s request for a subpoena is a shameful reminder that the real political split in this nation is not between Republicans or Democrats, or even between conservatives and liberals, but between the Inside-the-Beltway Ruling Elite and the rest of us who pay them,” said TPP President Jenny Beth Martin. “Shouldn’t we know the names of the people who falsely claimed that Congress is a ‘small business’?”

Since its inception in the summer of 2013, Congress’ “Washington Exemption” from ObamaCare has been one of the most jealously guarded illegal perks given to Members of Congress from both parties. “Congress is supposed to live under the laws it imposes on the rest of us,” Martin said. “The Washington Exemption is a disturbing and blatant violation of that principle.”

TPP offered kudos to the senior senator from Louisiana for his efforts. “We cheer Chairman Vitter’s attempts to overturn this special exemption, and we are grateful for the support of Senators Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Marco Rubio, and Tim Scott (each of whom, notably, was elected with Tea Party support) for Chairman Vitter’s effort,” Martin said. “We note with particular concern – and deep disappointment –the “no” vote of Sen. Rand Paul. We expected better of him.”