House Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told fellow Republican lawmakers that he will combat GOP “business as usual” should they elect him to become the House Minority Leader next week.
Congressman Jordan announced last week that he plans to run for House Minority Leader after the GOP lost their majority in the House during the 2018 midterm elections. The Ohio conservative will compete against current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who also said that he will run for House Minority Leader.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced that he plans to run for House Minority Whip, ending months of speculation over if he too will challenge McCarthy and split the vote in favor of Jordan.
House Republicans will choose their leadership for the new Congress next week and will determine whether Jordan or McCarthy will lead House Republicans moving into 2019.
In a letter to Republican colleagues, McCarthy said that he has built a Republican majority in the past and he can do it again in 2020.
“I helped build a majority from a deeper hole than this and I have what it takes to do it again,” the California Republican said. “That is why I have decided to run for Republican Leader and humbly ask for your support.”
McCarthy added, “We have seen where Democrats want to take our country — Jim Jordan Promises to Combat Republican ‘Business as Usual’ as House Minority Leader and crushing debt for our kids and grandkids. We simply cannot let that happen.”
In a Dear Colleague letter to his Republican colleagues on Friday, Jordan said that if House Republicans had managed to carry out more of President Donald Trump’s America First agenda, they would still hold the House. Jordan contended that House Republicans did not do enough to carry out the president’s agenda, contending that Trump gave Republicans control of the House, Senate, and White House.
“We have been largely conducting “business as usual” for the past two years, and we just paid the price,” Jordan told his GOP colleagues.
— Sean Moran (@SeanMoran3) November 9, 2018
Jordan asked rhetorically, “Moving forward, the American people (who share our conservative policy goals) still want us to be agents of change. Will we listen?”
The House Freedom Caucus co-founder said that, even in the minority, they must make principled stands for conservative goals such as:
- Promote limited government and fiscal responsibility
- Stop the expansion of the “failed Obamacare program”
- Protect the tax cuts that led to the skyrocketing economy under Trump
- Securing the border
- Reform welfare by requiring that able-bodied adults work
- Defend the Constitution
Under Republican leadership, government spending legislation skyrocketed, most prominently thanks to the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that did not fund President Trump’s promised border wall.
Republican leadership also bungled Obamacare repeal, which stalled in the House until Jordan, House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC), and then-Tuesday Group co-chairman Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) revived Obamacare repeal and helped it pass through the House.
Further, House Speaker Paul Ryan pushed his own amnesty bill instead of the Trump-endorsed Goodlatte immigration bill in June. Immigration experts noted that the Ryan bill could grant amnesty to nearly 3.5 million Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal aliens and would also grant amnesty to illegal immigrants first and then eventually build a wall on the southern border.
In a June interview with Breitbart News, Jordan said the Ryan bill was inconsistent with the 2016 Trump election mandate to secure the border and combat illegal immigration.
Despite Republican leadership ignoring the Goodlatte bill backed by Jordan and the House Freedom Caucus, it received more votes than the Ryan amnesty bill.
Jordan said that the best way for House Republicans to carry out the president’s goals should be led by the concept of “doing what you said you would do” (DWYSYWD), which Jordan has become famous for saying over his several terms in Congress.
The Ohio conservative said that the American people “are hungry for us to carry their agenda forward” and that carrying out DWYSYWD will “be a great first step in earning back the trust of the American voter.
Jordan concluded, “The next two years of Congres and the presidential election of 2020 will define the future of our country. If we are to regain the majority, we cannot continue on the same path.”