House GOP conservatives announced a new "Freedom Caucus" on Monday to split from the Republican Study Committee (RSC) after complaints that it had become too cozy with leadership.
The nine founding members of the group have been frequent thorns in the side of House GOP leadership over the past four years. Many of them voted against giving John Boehner (R-Ohio) another term as Speaker earlier this month.
"The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. 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," the mission statement reads.
The caucus is made up of Reps. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), John Fleming (R-La.), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).
Mulvaney waged a bid to be the new chairman of the RSC in the fall but lost to Rep. Bill FloresBill FloresWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress Republican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Week ahead in tech: Crunch time for internet handoff opponents MORE (R-Texas). House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), a former RSC chairman, reportedly whipped votes for Flores.