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Conservatives Hold a ‘Twitter Day’

If you notice an inordinate number of conservative Members on Twitter today rattling off lists, don’t be surprised.

The Republican Study Committee, a group of more than 115 conservative House Republicans, sponsored a “Twitter Day” on Monday with the theme “My commitment.”

Members tweet the phrase and follow it with a list of issues they are committed to advancing.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (Ga.), for instance, started the day off by saying that he is committed to “health reform that empowers patients and not Washington,” and “to fight for a limited government that puts economic and personal freedoms in the hands of individuals.”

Limited government is a popular commitment among the group. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) said his “commitment is to fight against an ever-expanding federal government. We are $12,000,000,000,000+ in debt!” And Rep. Ted Poe (Texas) committed “to uphold my pledge to vote NO to any bill with a tax increase.”

Of course, health care reform is a popular topic, too.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) said, “My commitment: Fight the government-takeover of #healthcare, focus on jobs & stop the Dems from wasting your money.”

Rep. John Shadegg (Ariz.) said, “My commitment: stopping Nancy Pelosi from ruining health care.”

Some Members used the forum to take up other issues.

Texas Rep. John Carter, who just announced he would introduce a measure to strip Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) of his gavel, said, “I’m commited [sic] to the Rule of Law, a la Charlie Rangel.”

California Rep. Buck McKeon said, “My commitment is to provide for our warfighters and their families.”

Rep. Don Manzullo (Ill.) said he wants to “modernize our outdated export control system to strengthen national security.”

Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.) said his commitment “is to ensure Congress fulfills it’s [sic] duty to protect society’s most defenseless members, including the unborn.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) said his commitment “is a fair 2010 Census free of White House political meddling and ineffectual advertising spending.”

The tweets are followed by the hashtag “#RSC” to make them easily searchable.

The committee also complied a Twitter list of its members, which can be viewed here.

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