In the final days of Obama’s presidency two rules slid under the radar that drive explosive local planning and building costs, transfer control of certain grant-related planning to the federal government, and render local officials helpless to combat them.
Groups on the right, such as Americans for Limited Government, and like-minded lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are pressing GOP leaders to circumvent the parliamentarian this year. They argue that the House version, as written, doesn't have enough GOP votes to pass, so Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will have no choice but to add more provisions that Freedom Caucus members want, such as getting rid of the insurance mandate and required "essential" benefits.
The House Freedom Caucus is considering asking Speaker Paul Ryan to delay leadership elections until after the lame duck session — signaling that the group's support for the current crop of leaders could be contingent on how they handle year-end legislative business.
Members of the group of conservative agitators are considering a plan to run one of their own as a candidate for the Republican Study Committee chairmanship this fall in a bid to push the conservative group further to the right. Clinching that post would likely be the group’s biggest achievement since it drove Boehner to resign from Congress in October.
Critics say the Club's endorsements appear to go beyond the typical support of outside groups for like-minded candidates that one would expect, to something approaching an unholy coordination between a group of lawmakers and a big-spending conservative organization. There's no daylight between the candidates the groups have gotten behind: All Club-backed House contenders this year are members of, or endorsed by, the Freedom Caucus.
The battle in the Republican Primary in Arizona Congressional District 4 is shaping up to be a classic battle between a lobbyist-created RINO, Ray Strauss, who is willing to compromise at every turn and therefore see government continue to grow and liberty continue to recede, and limited government constitutional conservative Rep. Paul Gosar, who like millions of other Americans has said enough is enough, and has established a record of tenaciously fighting every battle to stop the growth of government and to preserve our liberty.
Conservatives say the Speaker didn’t do enough to help Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who was defeated in the Kansas primary by Roger Marshall, a Chamber of Commerce-backed obstetrician. Now some conservatives are threatening to oppose the Wisconsin Republican when he runs for his first full term as Speaker after the Nov. 8 general election.
Freedom Caucus-backed Warren Davidson has won the special election to fill former House Speaker John Boehner's seat in the 8th district of Ohio. Davidson stomped out 14 other Republicans in the March primary and had been expected to win the special election in the Republican-leaning district Tuesday.
Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
I have every confidence Dr. John Fleming will maintain the same steadfast commitment to conservative principles he displayed in the House if he is elected to the Senate. I urge my friends and family in Louisiana to vote for John Fleming to ensure that a reliable full-spectrum conservative serves as Louisiana’s next United States Senator.
Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp endorsed Cruz on Tuesday. Huelskamp's endorsement makes 12 members of the Freedom Caucus that have supported Cruz, the most of the group behind any candidate.
So far, founders of the nearly 40-member Freedom Caucus have praised Ryan’s more inclusive leadership style and are willing to give him some breathing room to show what he can do in his new role. But Ryan knows he’s walking a perilous tightrope: A major misstep this year and the Freedom Caucus could send him packing, just like they did to Boehner.
The alleged conservatives of the Freedom Caucus who abandoned their support for the conservative reforms they called for when John Boehner was Speaker to support Paul Ryan over conservative Daniel Webster have a lot to answer for now that Ryan has shown the conservative grassroots what he’s really made of in this year's omnibus spending bill. Please join us in demanding an end to this dangerous folly by signing our open letter to House and Senate Republican leaders.
It's not a perfect situation, but it'll be what conservatives make of it. If the House Freedom Caucus keeps the GOP leadership honest and stays true to their revolutionary spirit, 2016 will be a lot more productive for conservatives than 2015.
Back in January, 25 Republicans voted against John Boehner and the number of those dissatisfied with the establishment Republican “leadership” of the House has only grown since then. For conservatives to win this fight your Representative needs to hear from you NOW on the phone and through social media and email. Here's how to contact your Representative to demand they vote for a principled limited government constitutional conservative, like Daniel Webster of Florida, for Speaker.
Any Republican that votes to bring the #ZombieBudget to the Floor deserves a Primary election challenge. We urge you to call your Representative, the House switchboard is 1-866-220-0044, tell him or her you demand a NO vote on the rule to bring the #ZombieBudget to the House floor and an end to the secret deals with Obama to increase spending and the debt ceiling and burden our children and grandchildren with billions of dollars of new Establishment Republican debt.
If he moves forward with a bid for the House Speakership after failing to receive the endorsement of the House Freedom Caucus–something he and his office said they would not do–even members in the Freedom Caucus who would have supported him will have reason to believe that Ryan is entirely untrustworthy and dishonest and withdraw their previous support for him.
Glenn Beck turned to his Facebook page late Wednesday night to blast the House Freedom Caucus over its support of Paul Ryan for House speaker. Calling Ryan a “man who asked to be made king,” the conservative radio personality said he felt betrayed by the hardline conservative group and accused it of selling out.
If Rep. Paul Ryan refuses after two-thirds of the House Freedom Caucus were willing to support his Speakership, it is not the conservatives who are unreasonable. It’s the man who refused to compromise on his demands. At least that’s what the establishment always tells us about conservatives unwilling to compromise.
These apparent family motivations, which are reported uncritically by the press, are really so disingenuous. Biden didn't run because he saw he was behind in the polls. Paul Ryan is lazy and didn't want to have to campaign for the speakership; he just wants to be crowned. But they both framed it as about their children.
What Paul Ryan announced to the House Republican Conference last night was a set of conditions under which he would accept the Speaker’s gavel that amount to discarding any pretense that the House of Representatives is “the Peoples’ House,” as in We the People, and to make it simply “Paul’s House.” Democracy and representative government are by their nature messy – and when politicians, like Paul Ryan, demand order and an end to dissention what they are really demanding is an end to democratic government.