Sen. Rand Paul didnt have much to say Wednesday about the new Senate Tea Party Caucus.
However, skepticism was exhibited by some institutional-oriented Members, including Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who said he is not “much of a caucus joiner” and argued that the GOP minority would probably function better if Senators focused on the Conference as a whole.
But Sen. Orrin Hatch, who faces the likelihood of a Bennett-like convention challenge in 2012, said the Tea Party Caucus could prove beneficial to his colleagues.
“I think it’s a good idea for people to get together,” the Utah Republican said. “I think the tea party has been a great deal in this country. It’s helped to bring about a little bit of a transformation this time, and hopefully it’ll get better.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.