The defiant actions of the House Freedom Caucus have frustrated President Donald Trump so much during his first 100 days in office that he has already vowed to “fight them” in the 2018 midterm elections. The small and unruly band of far-right conservatives, who have been branded “un-American” and dismissed as extremists by the media, leverage a powerful position within Congress. They represent a serious challenge to establishment Republicanism and the Trump administration, but who are the House Freedom Caucus members and, perhaps more importantly, what do they want?
10 things to know about the House Freedom Caucus
1) The House Freedom Caucus has roots in the Tea Party revolution of 2010
Of the publicly confirmed members of the Caucus, many are religious conservatives and right-leaning libertarians who were elected by the Tea Party wave. It was only in mid-January 2015, however, at a Republican party congressional conference that its nine founding members decided to establish a separate congressional caucus entity. They align with many Tea Party policy positions, such as a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (more on that later).
2) Members are predominately white and male
Although the Caucus does not disclose the name of its members, and meetings always take place in private, the members we do know of are predominantly white and male. As of March 2017, it is believed that there are 36 Caucus members, all serving in the House .
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