Republican Elephant SC

In talking to several of the 34 Republican freshmen who were sworn into the House of Representatives last Thursday, Human Events found two common denominators: first, most of the lawmakers who were elected to the House last fall roundly denounce the tax bill enacted by the lame-duck Congress in the twilight hours of 2012; second—and most importantly—most of the freshman Republicans plan to wage an all-out war for spending cuts and especially entitlement reform in the coming Congress.

In that sense, most of the 34 Republicans elected to the House in 2012 are not unlike most of the 87 in the House GOP Class of 2010: opposed to the status quo of runaway spending on government programs and more than willing to oppose raising the debt ceiling in pursuit of that goal.

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“We have two bites at the apple,” freshman Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) told Human Events in his office, hours after being sworn in. “One was on the fiscal cliff and then on the debt ceiling. I see no reason why we can’t use the threat of not extending the debt ceiling to make the White House agree to greater spending cuts and some reform of entitlements. If it’s the best weapon we have, we should use it.”

As for the tax bill enacted by the previous Congress, Hudson told us without hesitation: “No, I would not have voted for the tax bill—never. Something that adds $4 trillion to the deficit should never be anywhere near law.”

Two returning lawmakers from the Class of 1994 speak out

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“The tax bill was a horrible bill,” said Steve Stockman of Texas, returning to the House 16 years after being defeated. “And, quite honestly, I was disappointed to learn that Grover Norquist (president of Americans for Tax Reform) and the American Conservative Union were giving Republicans in the last Congress a ‘pass’ to vote for it. It’s a tax increase, for goodness sake!”

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