Five years after Rick Santelli’s rant on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that sparked a nationwide movement, the Tea Party had one message to deliver to Washington, D.C., on Thursday: they are not going anywhere.
The Department of Health and Human Services says it has been unable to locate malicious software from Belarus inside Obamacare computer networks, according to a department spokeswoman.
A member of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday she is investigating whether an intelligence report warning about risks to Americans who posted data on the Obamacare website was suppressed for political reasons.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) said she plans to write to President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging them to immediately shut down the Healthcare.gov website over concerns that the system is vulnerable to cyber attacks as a result of malicious software possibly inserted from Belarus, or as a result of other security holes.
Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) steps up to the microphone surrounded by like-minded lawmakers and “Abolish the IRS” signs. He clears his throat.
Congressional leaders, tea party activists, and Glenn Beck gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol to reiterate their concern over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, call for more investigations, and advocate for the abolishment of the agency on Wednesday.
“My committee … has been trying to get answers from the IRS for more than two years. We’re just starting to get answers,” said Rep. Dave Camp (R., Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Tea Party groups who were illicitly targeted for heightened scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service plan to sue the agency, even as its acting director resigns and the Justice Department considers criminal prosecutions.
A group of liberal activists dedicated to unseating Tea Party members told a conference of supporters that they will not attack GOP women, including Tea Party Caucus founder Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn), because it would hurt the effort to paint Republicans as sexist.