Liberty Caucus

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This article is about the U.S. Congressional organization. For the political action organization, see Republican Liberty Caucus.
Liberty Caucus
Chairman Justin Amash
Founded 2011
Preceded by Liberty Caucus
Tea Party Caucus
Ideology Libertarian conservatism[1][2]
Conservatism[3]
Political position Right-wing[3]
National affiliation Republican Party
Colors Black, White and Yellow
Seats in the House
36 / 435
Politics of United States
Political parties
Elections

The Liberty Caucus is a Congressional caucus consisting of 36 conservative Republican members of the United States House of Representatives. It hosts a bimonthly luncheon in Washington, D.C.[3] The group was founded by Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan and joined by Republican members who wanted to "focus on specific issues like economic freedom, individual liberty, and following the Constitution".[3] The caucus has also been characterized as "conservative with a libertarian emphasis" and associated with the Tea Party movement.[2]

Members[edit]

History[edit]

Prior to the formal creation of the House Liberty Caucus, Rep. Ron Paul hosted a luncheon in Washington, D.C. every Thursday for a group of Republican members of the United States House of Representatives, that he called the "Liberty Caucus."[6] The group, in close association with the political action committee the Republican Liberty Caucus, "support[ed] individual rights, limited government and free enterprise."[7] Past attendees of this luncheon include:

After the 112th United States Congress began and Ron Paul switched his focus to his presidential campaign, his luncheon was replaced by a formal congressional member organization called the House Liberty Caucus and chaired by Justin Amash.[10][11] In June 2014, the caucus supported Raul Labrador's campaign for House Majority Leader.[12][13]

Past members of the current organization include:

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Help Build The House Liberty Caucus". LibertyConservatives.com. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Libertarian wing of GOP gains strength in Congress". WashingtonExaminer.com. 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Conservatives Form Their Own Caucus Because the RSC Isn't 'Hard-Core' Enough". NationalJournal.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "House Liberty Caucus". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  5. ^ "Committee Detail - Data". Data.washingtonexaminer.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  6. ^ Caldwell, Christopher (2007-07-22). "The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-Administration, Anti-Medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Statement of Principles & Positions | Republican Liberty Caucus". Rlc.org. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  8. ^ Eric Ostermeier. "Has Ron Paul Converted Michele Bachmann To Libertarianism? - Smart Politics". Blog.lib.umn.edu. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  9. ^ Mike Riggs (2012-02-24). "Who Will Be The Next Ron Paul?". Reason.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  10. ^ "112th Congress : Congressional Member Organizations (CMO)" (PDF). Cha.house.gov. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  11. ^ "That's My Congress | In Challenge to Michele Bachmann and Tea Party brand, Justin Amash forms House Liberty Caucus". Thatsmycongress.com. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  12. ^ Gordon, Greg. "Idaho's Raul Labrador raises profile in failed bid for House leader | Idaho Politics". Idahostatesman.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  13. ^ Costa, Robert. "For tea party, Republican whip race is best shot at House leadership role". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  14. ^ "Committees and Caucuses | Congressman Kerry Bentivolio". Bentivolio.house.gov. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Members | House Liberty Caucus". Web.archive.org. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  16. ^ a b "Legislative Committee Detail Page". Ciclt.net. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  17. ^ a b "House Liberty Caucus | Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce". Capecoralvoice.com. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 

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