Despite a great deal of criticism aimed at Tea Party Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, they remain two of the most efficient and moving their ideas forward in Congress. Both are positioning themselves well for presidential runs in 2016, unlike Governor Chris Christie, whose reputation seems to be quickly falling apart.
From Reason Magazine:
Using another metric to define productivity, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had the highest number of their bills make it through committee, 13 and 11 respectively. Thinking about this another way for instance, Rand Paul was 4x as effective at getting bills through committee than the average Senator would be expected to.
It may surprise some that Paul and Cruz, two senators dubbed tea party “wacko birds” could be so effective in getting their legislation through committee. It demonstrates that while these Senators are often defined by their willingness to take ideological stances on issues, albeit different stances at times, they are also willing to engage with the actual political process in efforts to make changes.
Here are some examples of what Rand Paul has gotten through committee:
The Fourth Amendment Restoration Act is an effort to prevent US government agencies from searching Americans’ phone records without a warrant based on probable cause.
The National Right-to-Work Act, would repeal existing law in efforts to reduce the use of coerced union membership as a condition of employment.