Why was the House Freedom Caucus created–and what is it?

Due to the Establishment’s power in Washington there has long been a need for a core group of conservative lawmakers who are organized and equipped to stand up against the Washington elites.

Heritage leaders saw this need and took steps to create the House Freedom Caucus in 2015.

The caucus initially formed after long meetings between Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham, COO Tim Chapman, and Congressman Jim Jordan who would all frequently gather around Needham’s kitchen table to discuss the need for the caucus. After the caucus was formed House leadership was so upset that they stripped several of the new House Freedom Caucus members of their committee assignments and even removed one member as chairman of his subcommittee.

The House Freedom Caucus is undeniably and irrevocably conservative.

“The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them,” the group’s mission statement reads. “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.”

Fast forward two years and the House Freedom Caucus has around forty members who work together to push conservative legislation regardless of the stance of party leadership or Establishment elites.

In only two years they have played a major role in Congressional battles including Obamacare and ousting John Boehner as Speaker of the House.

Recently, Heritage President Ed Feulner met with the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) to discuss advancing conservative agenda in Congress. Congressman Meadows believes strongly in the vision that Heritage has to create a better America through the implementation of conservative principles and ideology and he greatly appreciated the research and guidance that Heritage provides to any member of Congress who requests it.

Read more about the impact of the House Freedom Caucus and who their members are>>

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Honoring a conservative hero

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) is a conservative hero who has made a tremendous impact in his 10 years in office.

As a founder and current member of the House Freedom Caucus, Jordan works tirelessly to protect the agenda of limited, constitutional government in Congress regardless of the direction party leadership or the Establishment dictate.

Because of this uncompromising stance Jordan continually receives criticism from the media and the Republican Establishment for having the guts to stand against cronyism and business-as-usual.

Most recently, he’s received criticism from the media and Establishment for his incredible influence pushing for a full repeal of Obamacare.

According to the Daily Signal:

For nearly as many years as he’s been in Congress, the 10-year Republican incumbent [Jordan] has been outspoken about the need to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Jordan is unwavering in his commitment to eliminate, not fix, the health care law Democrats passed under President Barack Obama.

And even after Jordan and other members of the House Freedom Caucus, of which he is a founder, received a public scolding from President Donald Trump, Jordan was unapologetic for the role played by conservative lawmakers in sending Republican leaders back to the drawing board after their first attempt to repeal the health care law failed spectacularly.

Jordan says he is more concerned about following through on his commitment to the people who sent him to Washington.

We are grateful to Jordan and other conservative members of Congress who have the backbone to stand on principle and honor their promises to the American people.

Watch Jordan’s comments below about the partnership with Heritage:

We will continue to work with Jordan and other conservatives in Congress to provide them with policy solutions as they fight to break the status quo of the Washington Establishment.

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President Trump releases full budget

Tuesday, President Trump released his full budget and Heritage experts have been hard at work ensuring conservative reforms are in the budget.

Starting last year ,Heritage released the 2017 Blueprint for Balance, which is a detailed plan that Congress can use to balance the federal budget and rein in spending.

After the release of President Trump’s initial budget draft earlier this spring, the Washington Post wrote a piece crediting Heritage’s plan for heavily influencing his budget.

Around the same time Politico published a piece on former Heritage budget expert Paul Winfree’s influence on President Trump’s budget in his new role as the White House director of budget policy.

Heritage experts have been busy examining the new budget and you can find their research below:

Heritage Experts Analyze Trump’s Budget >>

9 Key Takeaways from Trump’s First Budget >>

Congress Must Embrace These 5 Principles to Create a More Responsible Budget >>

Why Washington Hates Trump’s Budget >>

What should the top priorities for this budget be?