The Washington Times - August 3, 2012, 08:08AM

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer blasted tea party Republicans on Friday, accusing them of obstructing efforts by Congress to fix the economy and of making it increasingly difficult for Democratic and Republican lawmakers to work together.

Mr. Schumer, a Democrat, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he thinks the recent election of tea party House Republicans has made the lower chamber incapable of compromise on issues like tax cuts and the farm bill.

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“Bipartisan coalitions in the Senate still manage to get things done, and the tea party blocks them in the House,” he said, later adding that “They don’t want the America that most Americans want.”

Tea party Republicans, who typically favor shrinking government without any discussion of revenue or tax increases, have gained a significant foothold in the House and now appear poised to gain seats in the Senate. This week, Texas Republican Ted Cruz became the latest tea party-backed Senate candidate to win a GOP primary, joining others like Richard G. Mourdock of Indiana and Deb Fischer of Nebraska.

Mr. Schumer accused moderate Republicans of kowtowing to their more conservative counterparts and argued that the rise of the tea party will push the GOP farther right and out of favor with more moderate voters who often tip the balance in close elections.

“This is not good for the country, and it’s certainly not good for the Republican Party, and it’s not where the electorate is at,” he said.