Shutdown doesn’t faze tea partyers

Written for Roll Call

Tea party activists trumpeted their all-or-nothing stance on spending cuts Thursday on Capitol Hill, even as House Republicans negotiated a compromise with Senate Democrats to avoid a government shutdown.

“Cut it or shut it” was the mantra of activists at the rally hosted by the Tea Party Patriots, a national umbrella group, with some participants carrying signs demanding $100 billion in cuts or more in a spending bill for the remainder of the fiscal year. The current continuing resolution runs out April 8, but the impending deadline did not trouble the ralliers, who numbered fewer than 200.

“It doesn’t scare me at all. As a matter of fact, I welcome it,” Ed Salseda of Virginia said of a possible shutdown. The 69-year-old retired Army employee joined the tea party movement two years ago.

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