Tea Party groups come to town to lobby against health-care reform
By Amy Gardner
Tea party organizers came to Capitol Hill Tuesday night to kick off a weeklong campaign they're calling "Take the Town Halls to Washington," an effort to block Democrats' latest push for health reform.
It's not clear how many protestors will actually travel to Washington for the campaign, which is being organized by the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition and Tea Party Nation. Leaders say busloads of local grassroots activists from around the country will visit Washington over the course of the week.
Mark Skoda, leader of the Memphis Tea Party, said the goal is to visit with the 50 or so undecided members of Congress and block President Obama's goal of passing of health-care reform by March 18. Activists hope to meet with congressional leaders every day between now and then, with a culminating rally on March 16 at the Capitol, Skoda said.
The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition is an "informal federation" of about 30 tea party groups.
March 10, 2010; 7:41 AM ET
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