A group of nine House Republicans are forming a new group called the “House Freedom Caucus,” whose mission statement is to “give a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them … 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.”
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), John Fleming (R-La.), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) are the founding nine of this caucus.
According to National Review Online’s Joel Gehrke, “about 30 House Republicans will meet Monday evening to establish the bylaws of a new caucus animated by two principles: First, rank-and-file Republicans must pressure leadership to enact a more conservative agenda. And second, this pressure should never involve frantic scurrying on the House floor.”
Rep. Amash posted news of this announcement on his Facebook page Monday.
Rep. Jordan told NRO that the caucus will focus on what it believes “middle-class voters sent us here to do.”
The group plans to begin with at least 30 members but perhaps limit to 40. It’s worth noting that many of the members of the new caucus are also members of the House Liberty Caucus.