Freedom Caucus, A Growing Power in Congress

A group in the House of Representatives called the 'freedom caucus' has wielded a lot of power in this leadership meltdown.

The freedom caucus launched here in January of this year.

It started as a caucus of just nine of the most hard-line republicans in the US House of Representatives.

Right now, there are about 40 members of that caucus.

And that brings a lot of voting power.

The caucus is led by Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio.

And today it held enough votes from members to effectively block a McCarthy speakership if they were aligned.

"We feel that conservatives have been greatly marginalized by the current leadership and less power in the discussion, so as a result what we would like to see is a balance," said Representative John Fleming.

The mission statement of the freedom caucus, reads in part, that the group wants to give "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 take a look at this rolling stones headline from this week: "meet the right-wing rebels who overthrew John Boehner."

Now, you might add Kevin McCarthy to that house leadership list.

It's important to note though, that this group is not the tea party.

But, their missions are considered similar and there is some membership overlap.