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'''House Freedom Caucus''' is a group, of about 32 [[conservative]] [[U.S. House of Representatives|Congressional Representatives]]. <ref name="538 article">[https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/should-the-freedom-caucus-be-afraid-of-donald-trump/ Analysis by Five Thirty Eight].</ref> It is essentially a conservative version of the much larger [[Republican]] Study Committee. Members have often clashed with [[GOP]] leadership. They have been the strongest defenders in Congress of U.S. President [[Donald Trump]].<ref>Andrews, Natalie; Wise, Lindsay (November 8, 2019). [https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-freedom-caucus-emerges-as-trumps-main-defender-11573214400 House Freedom Caucus Emerges as Trump’s Main Defender]. ''The Wall Street Journal''. Retrieved November 8, 2019.</ref>
The House Freedom Caucus mission reads:
 
{{cquote|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.}}
 
In practice, however, the House Freedom Caucus has become heavily influenced by big-money individuals and organizations, such as the [[Heritage Foundation]], [[Club for Growth]], and the [[Koch brothers]], none of which have a [[pro-life]] agenda. The House Freedom Caucus blocked the [[ObamaCare]] repeal bill that also would have defunded [[Planned Parenthood]]. They insisted on provisions, such as dropping the essential medical services requirements of ObamaCare, which would make the bill unacceptable to moderate Republicans. In response, on March 30, 2017, President Trump tweeted an attack on the Freedom Caucus telling them to "get on the team and fast."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/847435163143454723|title=realDonaldTrump|date=March 30, 2017|accessdate=March 31, 2017}}</ref>
 
"I hope the President will bear in mind that the freedom caucus is going to provide the bulwark of the support the President needs on things like border security, trade agreements and making sure that the [[Trans-Pacific Partnership]] does not resurface in a different shape or fashion," Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks told CNN.
"Our support is going to be necessary for tax cuts and for the protection of free enterprise. So we're not always going to agree, but there are some major issues going forward where the President will need our support and I hope he will bear that in mind," Brooks said.<ref>{{cite news|url=https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/politics/donald-trump-white-house-presidency/index.html|title=The Russia/Flynn/Freedom Caucus vortex of questions and tension at the White House|first=Stephen |last=Collinson|work=CNN|date=April 1, 2017|accessdate=April 1, 2017}}</ref>
 
== Membership analyzed ==
 
''For a different but more detailed analysis by FiveThirtyEight, see this footnote below''.<ref name="538 article"/>
{| class="wikitable sortable"
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!Member
!Position
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|[[Mark Meadows]] of North Carolina
|successfully forced [[John Boehner]] out as [[Speaker]]. Supported [[Ted Cruz]] in the primary and Trump in the general.<ref>http://wlos.com/news/connect-to-congress/connect-to-congress-rep-mark-meadows-05-11-2016</ref>
|-
|[[Justin Amash]] of Michigan
|[[pro-life]] [[libertarian]] who is [[anti-Trump]], and who responded to Trump on March 30, 2017: "It didn't take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment."<ref>http://www.mlive.com/news/us-world/index.ssf/2017/03/justin_amash_responds_to_trump.html</ref>
|-
|[[Brian Babin]] of Texas (36th District - East Texas)
|[[Ted Cruz]] supporter during the primary. Endorsed Trump during the general.<ref name="gilmermirror.com">http://www.gilmermirror.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Patrick+Announces+Expanded+Trump+Texas+Team%20&id=27283168&instance=secondary_stories_left_column</ref>
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|[[Rod Blum]] of Iowa
|strong [[Trump]] supporter
|-
|[[Dave Brat]] of Virginia
|ousted second-in-line for [[Speaker]], [[Eric Cantor]], in his primary in 2014; Brat supported Trump
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|[[Jim Bridenstine]] of Oklahoma
|Campaigned for Ted Cruz but then supported Trump
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|[[Mo Brooks]] of Alabama
|Said he vote Republican, without endorsing Trump
|-
|[[Ken Buck]] of Colorado
|Called Trump a “fraud,” but later endorsed him <ref>http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/07/21/bucks-appeal-we-must-support-donald-trump/</ref>
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|[[Warren Davidson]] of Colorado
|Has agreed with Trump 100% of the time
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|[[Ron DeSantis]] of Florida
|In May 2016 he endorsed Trump
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|[[Scott DesJarlais]] of Tennessee
|Endorsed Trump early, in March 2016
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|[[Jeff Duncan]]
|One of the first officials to endorse Trump
|-
|[[Trent Franks]] of Arizona
|Supported Trump
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|[[Tom Garrett Jr.]] of Virginia
|Supported Trump
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|[[Paul Gosar]] of Arizona
|Endorsed Trump in July 2016
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|[[Morgan Griffith]] of Virginia
|Supported Trump after he became the presumptive nominee
|-
|[[Andy Harris]] of Maryland
|Supported Trump but has been critical
|-
|[[Jody Hice]] of Georgia
|Silent about Trump during the primary, but campaigned for him in the general.<ref>http://accesswdun.com/article/2016/9/445965/10-georgia-congressional-members-on-leadership-team-for-trump</ref>
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|[[Jim Jordan]] of Ohio
|Enthusiastically supported Trump since May 2016
|-
|[[Raúl Labrador]] of Idaho
|Supported Trump but has criticized him
|-
|[[Alex Mooney]] of West Virginia
|Supported Trump
|-
|[[Gary Palmer]] of Alabama
|Supported Trump
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|[[Steve Pearce]] of New Mexico
|Supported Trump but has criticized him
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|[[Scott Perry]] of Pennsylvania
|Supported Trump
|-
|[[Ted Poe]] of Texas
|Praised Trump, resigned in late March from the Freedom Caucus due to the group's opposition of the ObamaCare replacement bill<ref>King, Robert (March 26, 2017). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/freedom-caucus-member-ted-poe-leaves-group-after-healthcare-bill-debacle/article/2618495 Freedom Caucus member Ted Poe leaves group after healthcare bill debacle]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved March 26, 2017.</ref>
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|[[Bill Posey]] of Florida
|Supported Trump
|-
|[[Mark Sanford]] of South Carolina
|Halfheartedly endorsed Trump<ref>https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/15/opinion/i-support-you-donald-trump-now-release-your-tax-returns.html</ref>
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|[[David Schweikert]] of Arizona
|Supported Ted Cruz, then Trump
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|[[Randy Weber]] of Texas
|Endorsed Trump during the general<ref name="gilmermirror.com"/>
|-
|[[Ted Yoho]] of Florida
|Supported Trump
|}
==Founding Republican Members==
*[[Ron DeSantis]] ([[Florida]])
*[[John Fleming]] ([[Louisiana]])
*Scott Garrett ([[New Jersey]])- defeated for reelection in 2016 after wavering with respect to [[Donald Trump]] in October
*[[Jim Jordan]] ([[Ohio]]) (Chairman)
*[[Raul Labrador|Raúl Labrador]] ([[Idaho]])
*[[Matt Salmon]] ([[Arizona]])
==References=={{reflist}} ==External links==*[http://heavy.com/news/2017/03/who-are-the-members-of-house-freedom-caucus-list-of-representatives-do-not-support-health-care-bill-donald-trump/ Who Are the Members of the House Freedom Caucus?] {{Conservatism}} [[Category:Republicans]] [[Category:Conservatives]][[Category:Libertarians]][[Category:PoliticsUnited States House of Representatives]]
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