'American Patriots' Urged to Read and Sign the 'Contract From America'

By Susan Jones | April 16, 2010 | 10:53 AM EDT

Michael Fell of Culver City, Calif., holds up a sign reading ‘STOP SPENDING MONEY’ as he speaks at a tea party rally in Irvine, Calif., Thursday, April 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(CNSNews.com) - A tea party umbrella group is urging politicians to sign onto a "Contract From America" -- a list of conservative agenda items intended to advance free market principles, limited government, and individual liberty.
The ten agenda items -- debated in recent months by hundreds of thousands of Americans – include: protecting the Constitution, rejecting cap and trade legislation, demanding a balanced budget, enacting fundamental tax reform, restoring fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government in Washington, ending runaway government spending, Defunding, repealing and replacing government-run health care, passing an 'all-of-the-above' energy policy, stopping the pork, and stopping tax hikes.
The Contract From America -- reminiscent of conservative Republicans' 1994 Contract With America -- was read aloud at Tea Party rallies in Washington and around the country on Thursday, April 15.
Tea party organizers describe the contract as a "grassroots-generated, crowd-sourced, bottom-up call for real economic conservative and good governance reform in Congress."

Laura Christy wears a hat decorated with tea bags as she attends a Tea Party rally in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, April 15, 2010, the day income taxes are due. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) praised the contract, saying it "captures the American people's frustration with a government that has grown too big, too costly, and too arrogant."

The contract, he said, "is culled directly from the voices of Americans who have said ‘enough’ to permanent bailouts, ‘enough’ to government takeovers, and ‘enough’ to wasteful Washington spending."

Boehner said the Tea Party movement has done the nation a great service by giving Americans a platform that transcends party and ideology. "Republican elected officials must continue to listen to them, stand with them, and walk among them."
Read the Contract From America