This week Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann formed a Tea Party Caucus with the aim of promoting "Americans' call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and limited government." This morning saw the inaugural meeting of the caucus--caucuses are semi-official member organizations that do not receive money but can utilize congressional resources--and its members include Reps. Mike Pence, Pete Sessions, and Joe Barton. The caucus presents a conundrum for Republicans who may want to tap into the Tea Party's energy and momentum, but who may not want to be associated with the movement's fringe elements.
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