House Freedom Caucus

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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">[ 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). [ House Freedom Caucus Emerges as Trump’s Main Defender]. ''The Wall Street Journal''. Retrieved November 8, 2019.</ref>
The House Freedom Caucus mission reads:
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=|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=http|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 ==
|[[Mark Meadows]] of North Carolina
|successfully forced [[John Boehner]] out as [[Speaker]], but supported . Supported [[Ted Cruz]] for President in the primary and never officially endorsed Trump in the general.<ref></ref>
|[[Justin Amash]] of Michigan
|[[Brian Babin]] of Texas (36th District - East Texas)
|[[Ted Cruz]] supporterduring the primary. Endorsed Trump during the general.<ref name=""></ref>
|[[Rod Blum]] of Iowa
|[[Ken Buck]] of Colorado
|Called Trump a “fraud”“fraud,” but later endorsed him <ref></ref>
|[[Warren Davidson]] of Colorado
|[[Jody Hice]] of Georgia
|Silent about Trumpduring the primary, but campaigned for him in the general.<ref></ref>
|[[Jim Jordan]] of Ohio
|[[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). [http Freedom Caucus member Ted Poe leaves group after healthcare bill debacle]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved March 26, 2017.</ref>
|[[Bill Posey]] of Florida
|[[Mark Sanford]] of South Carolina
|Opposed Halfheartedly endorsed Trump<ref></ref>
|[[David Schweikert]] of Arizona
|[[Randy Weber]] of Texas
|Did not support Endorsed Trumpduring the general<ref name=""/>
|[[Ted Yoho]] of Florida
==External links==
*[ Who Are the Members of the House Freedom Caucus?]
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