Constitution to be Center Stage When House Republicans Take Over


Tea Party favorite and newly elected member of the Republican leadership Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said she supports this "return and re-focus on the Constitution" and introduction of such rules are precisely why newly-elected members like her were sent to Congress.

"It's something Kristi heard a lot about on the campaign trail," Noem spokesman Josh Shields told ABC News. "She hopes that signals this incoming Congress is more in touch with their constituents and our country's founding principles."

It is, after all, what Republicans promised back in September: "We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored," Republicans wrote in their 21 page "Pledge to America."

Tea Party Activists promise they will be watching the new Congress to ensure Republicans keep their promise.

"The true test will be whether this really has substance to it and isn't just guile and show," Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, told ABC News. "We want to see that they really are paying attention to what is in the Constitution and not just trying to make voters go away and stop paying attention to them."

Martin said if this batch of Congressman and women doesn't step up, the Tea Party will find more challengers to incumbents in the 2012 election cycle.

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