The revelation that so-called "centrists" are bad-faith negotiators could perhaps change the belief that dominates Washington, that centrists monopolize common good sense and the Freedom Caucus is peopled by destroyers. More generally, the Obamacare debate may show some Beltway observers that sitting in the middle doesn't always mean you're "moderate." It sometimes means you simply refuse to take a stand.
Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Going to war with the Freedom Caucus is going to war with your base. You have to decide, Mr. President, whether you will align yourself with the leaders of the swamp -- or grassroots Americans.
What President Trump doesn’t seem to understand is that when establishment Republicans talk about “governing” and “legislating” what they really mean is growing government at a slightly slower pace or to benefit a different set of cronies than the Democrats would if they were in power.
The House Freedom Caucus has often been obstinate and sometimes wrong. This time, they're being flexible, and they are right on the substance. The Speaker and the president should take them up on their offer. If this still doesn't get 216 votes, then the problem isn't the stubborn conservatives, it's the supposedly reasonable centrists.
Trump’s tweet has all the hallmarks of ineffectually blowing off steam, since it’s hard to imagine the president and his supporters following through with the organizing and funding it would take to try to take out conservative members representing deep-red districts. If Trump wants to win over the Freedom Caucus — and all the other members — who opposed the health-care legislation, the first step should be obvious, if more difficult and less satisfying than popping off on Twitter: Get them a better bill.
It’s time for the President to change the password on his Twitter account and focus his efforts on fulfilling his promise to pass a bill that will actually do what Ryancare never will – lower premiums for the forgotten Americans the Freedom Caucus represents.
The moral of the story; not everyone who drops a load of dung on you is your enemy, and not everyone who digs you out is your friend.
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.