Please join me for a Freedom Rally with the Tulsa Praise Orchestra and my special guests Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Rep. Mark Meadows (North Carolina), and other conservatives from the House Freedom Caucus.
I'm proud to say that the House Freedom Caucus has helped move Congress in a more conservative direction, and I am excited to have the opportunity to host these conservative leaders in Oklahoma. - Jim Bridenstine
If you would like to attend, please RSVP for your free ticket here.
Wikipedia reports: The origins of the Caucus lie at the 2015 mid-January Republican congressional retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Raúl Labrador and eight other representatives met separately from the main group to plan their own agenda. The group debated over a name for their new caucus, eventually settling on the "Freedom Caucus" because, according to founding member Mick Mulvaney, "it was so generic and universally awful that we had no reason to be against it." The group started with nine initial members in Hershey, who set as a criteria for new members that they had to be willing to vote against Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner on legislation that the group opposed.
During the crisis over the funding of the Department of Homeland Security in early 2015, the Caucus offered four plans for resolution, but all were rejected by the Republican leadership. Politico reported that one of the caucus leaders, Labrador of Idaho, said the Caucus will offer an alternative that the most conservative Republican members could support.[dated info]
The Caucus was involved in the resignation of Boehner on September 25, 2015, and the ensuing leadership battle for the new Speaker. Members of the Caucus who had voted against Boehner for Speaker felt unfairly punished, accusing him of cutting them off from positions in the Republican Study Committee and depriving them of key committee assignments. Boehner found it increasingly difficult to manage House Republicans with the fierce opposition of the Freedom Caucus, and he sparred with them over their willingness to shut down the government in order to accomplish goals such as repealing the Affordable Care Act.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus as of October 2015 include: