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Conservative House Leadership Doesn’t Support the Middle Class
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Conservative House Leadership Doesn’t Support the Middle Class

The conservative leadership of the chamber and their backbench Tea Party firebrands doesn't support the interests of American middle-class families.

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A detailed examination of the votes cast in the House of Representatives during the first session of the 112th Congress reveals that the conservative leadership of the chamber and their backbench Tea Party firebrands voted 279 times against the interests of American middle-class families. We can’t list all 279 of the votes, but we composed a list of the most egregious ones.

These votes are emblematic of the scant concerns conservatives in the House have for our embattled middle class. Unfortunately for them the public is beginning to notice. The American people have begun to express increased dissatisfaction with House Republicans. Our list shows why.

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