- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Leaders of traditional values, pro-life and tea party groups celebrated Republicans’ election wins, but warned them to get busy keeping their promises to voters.

The American public has sent a message “by Republican express” that they have had enough of failed policies, Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, told a Wednesday news conference at the National Press Club in the District.

They expect Republicans to move quickly to make the right changes and undo the damage to the nation — not “babysit America’s demise,” he said.

“You need to live up to your promises. You need to earn this,” Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said to House and Senate leaders, especially House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

Two issues propelled Republicans to victory — repealing Obamacare, and securing the border and blocking the White House’s planned executive amnesty, said Ms. Martin. Those “should be the two issues this Republican Congress addresses immediately,” she said.

Other top issues include passing an economic-growth legislative plan that cuts spending and reduces taxes and regulatory burdens; ending assaults on religious liberties; passing a law to restrict late-term abortions; and boosting the nation’s defenses against current and future threats, according to a statement by the Conservative Action Project, which was signed by dozens of conservative leaders as well as project leaders, former Attorney General Edwin Meese and former Indiana Rep. David McIntosh.

• Cheryl Wetzstein can be reached at cwetzstein@washingtontimes.com.

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