Conservatives in the House are preparing for “radical change in the way Congress operates” if they take back control in November, Just the News reports.
The House Freedom Caucus sent a 52-page memo to new GOP candidates criticizing former House Speaker Paul Ryan and current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for failed leadership.
“Republicans ran to fix Washington. We cannot continue to govern in the same way that broke it,” the House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA) said. “The result is that the People’s House serves almost everyone in Washington except the American people. It does not have to — and it should not — be this way.”
The influential caucus boasts members like Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).
The draft memo urges members to hold out on massive changes until after the midterms and warns incoming freshman Congress is “worse than you thought” in most cases.
“Some of the most important votes come before you’re even sworn into office. Will you be ready?” they ask. “Some will urge you to be a ‘team player’ by falling in line with leadership and doing what you’re told. You’ll be warned not to rock the boat by raising questions or concerns with leadership’s agenda. Before you make any decisions, however, you should be aware of the realities here in Washington and the opportunities we have to change them.”
The memo urges that “it’s time to set the House right” and calls on the new class of Republicans to come out fighting.
“Republicans must be united in opposition and allow our incoming freshmen reinforcements to arrive and take our anticipated majority in January so that they and the voters who will send them to Washington can have a voice on legislation to fund the government as well as any other must pass bills such as the National Defense Authorization Act,” they said.