One of the most hotly debated issues coming to the table this lame duck session is the Republicans’ scheduled vote to ban proposing earmarks in spending bills, led by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
Both Kentucky’s senior Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen.-Elect Rand Paul have been on the hot seat about this issue since the Nov. 2 election.
The message of fiscally conservative activists has not fallen on deaf ears. Politicians on the right and left are recognizing the momentum and strength of the TEA Party. Even after the election is over, the movement has continued to press on with its message of lower taxes, less government spending and limited government.