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Conservatives Form House Freedom Caucus

Rep. Mark Meadows

Rep. Mark Meadows

In Congress, it is rarely the “lone wolf” that can get things done.  Individuals like Ron Paul can certainly set the tone of a debate or bring forth much needed perspective, but rarely does the single Congressman have the wherewithal to get good legislation passed.  Joining with others and having a base of support from which to lobby for a shared ideology is important.  On Monday, it was announced that a group of nine Congressmen joined together to form the House Freedom Caucus, including North Carolina’s Mark Meadows.

From the press release:

Conservative House Members announced the formation of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), which will focus on advancing an agenda of limited, constitutional government. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) is a founding Member of the new caucus. The HFC has adopted the following mission statement:

The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety, and prosperity of all Americans.

“The HFC will work to provide a unified conservative voice in the House Republican Conference. I look forward to working with leadership to make the concerns of conservatives known as we work together to advance a pro-growth, limited government agenda in the House,” Congressman Mark Meadows said.

The HFC’s founding members are Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI),  Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

Now, it is interesting to note that of the nine members who want the people to feel “that Washington represents them”, only three, Rep. Scott Garrett,  Rep. Justin Amash, and Rep. Mark Meadows, actually voted against John Boehner for Speaker of the House.  The other six supported Boehner.  That’s disappointing from a group that wants to “focus on an agenda of limited, constitutional government.”

Where were the other six when they could have actually made a difference?

This new caucus is by invitation only, and they have set a cap of about 40 legislators…ten more than would be required to deny House Leadership the ability to pass a bill.

Let’s see if they do anything with it.

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