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Help Get Sen. Jim DeMint Appointed to the Finance Committee

by Brandon Greife / /

Senator Jim DeMint has long been one of conservatives’ most effective allies in the Senate. His consistent support for low taxes, limited government, and reduced spending made him the top scorer in NTU’s annual Rating of Congress in 2006, 2007, and 2008. He was also one of the first Senators to embrace the Tea Party movement, recognizing it as a useful tool to provide “a voice to people who are very frustrated that Washington’s not listening.” And now, Republicans have a chance to appoint this vocal leader to a position where he could continue to shake up Washington for the good of the taxpayer – the Senate Finance Committee.

The opening on the Committee comes about as the result of the resignation of Nevada Senator John Ensign. Appointing Sen. DeMint to fill the coveted opening would not only send a clear signal to taxpayers that Republicans are listening to their concerns, it would show tax-and-spend Democrats that they mean business. Senator DeMint has become beloved by conservatives, in no small part because of his willingness to be “in the doghouse” among the Washington establishment. But this deep-rooted unwillingness to bend to politics when it means sacrificing principle is exactly the sort of traits needed on the increasingly important Senate Finance Committee.

Senator DeMint has already expressed interest in the position. “[The Finance Committee] is where entitlement reform will be written to balance the budget, and it’s where our tax laws will be reformed to ensure that America remains the best place in the world to do business,” said DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton. And it is where DeMint belongs.

The upcoming months and years will be a crucial time to ensure that America remains true to its heritage as a bastion of free markets, low taxes, and limited government. The Senate Finance Committee will be one of the key fronts in that battle of ideas. Who better to have in our corner than a principled conservative like Senator Jim DeMint?

Please help NTU’s grassroots effort by calling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at 202-224-3135 and asking him to appoint Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to the Senate Finance Committee.