October 15, 2015

No Illinois Reps in House Freedom Caucus

By Mark Wachtler

October 15, 2015. Washington. (ONN) The US House and the GOP gave the country two big surprises last week. House Speaker John Boehner announced he was retiring and stepping down from the nation’s second most powerful post. The second surprise came when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his bid for the Speakership, but dropped out of the race after the little known House Freedom Caucus withheld its needed support. Not surprisingly, there are no Illinois Congressmen in the House Freedom Caucus.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH)

As detailed by the Illinois Review, Rep. McCarthy needed 218 House votes to become Speaker. But the 36-member House Freedom Caucus unanimously threw its support to Florida Republican Daniel Webster, thus denying McCarthy the required support. 2012 Vice Presidential nominee and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is the latest House Republican rumored to be the favorite for the job.

The report quoted ConservativeIntel.com saying, ‘If there is one organized group that could claim responsibility for the environment that led the Ohio Republican to call it quits, it is the House Freedom Caucus, a collection of 40 or so staunch conservatives who are held together by a simple belief: The party needs to fight harder for its causes.’

But a look at the list of members of the House Freedom Caucus reveals there isn’t one single Illinois Congressman. The list includes:

  • Jim Jordan of Ohio
  • Justin Amash of Michigan
  • Brian Babin of Texas
  • Rod Blum of Iowa
  • Dave Brat of Virginia
  • Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma
  • Mo Brooks of Alabama
  • Ken Buck of Colorado
  • Curt Clawson of Florida
  • Ron DeSantis of Florida
  • Scott Desjarlais of Tennessee
  • Jeff Duncan of South Carolina
  • John Fleming of Louisiana
  • Trent Franks of Arizona
  • Scott Garrett of New Jersey
  • Paul Gosar of Arizona
  • Morgan Griffith of Virginia
  • Andy Harris of Maryland
  • Jody Hice of Georgia
  • Tim Huelskamp of Kansas
  • Raúl Labrador of Idaho
  • Barry Loudermilk of Georgia
  • Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming
  • Mark Meadows of North Carolina
  • Alex Mooney of West Virginia
  • Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina
  • Gary Palmer of Alabama
  • Steve Pearce of New Mexico
  • Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
  • Ted Poe of Texas
  • Bill Posey of Florida
  • Keith Rothfus of Pennsylvania
  • Matt Salmon of Arizona
  • Mark Sanford of South Carolina
  • David Schweikert of Arizona
  • Marlin Stutzman of Indiana

The House Freedom Caucus shouldn’t be confused with the larger House Tea Party Caucus. Both are Republican organizations. But while the Tea Party Caucus concentrates on fiscal issues and simultaneously supports big government like the Patriot Act, the House Freedom Caucus’ main issue is forcing the US House of Representatives to follow the rules.

According to Rep Jim Jordan, the Caucus Chairman, “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.”

The Illinois Review asked former US Rep from Illinois Joe Walsh why there aren’t any Illinois Congressmen in the House Freedom Caucus. Walsh explained, “You have to be a rock solid limited government conservative to be invited. Nobody in the Illinois delegation is even remotely close to conservative enough to be invited in, sad.”


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