Tea party activists were out in full force to protest the government at a national rally on Tax Day in 2010. But this year, tea party leaders are admitting its harder to protest when Republicans control the House and they are refocusing the movement to look ahead to the 2012 presidential race.
“If we only held rallies, I don’t think that we’d actually achieve anything other than people making their voices heard,” said Jenny Beth Martin, a national coordinator for the Patriots. “It takes action after the rally to change the debate.”
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.