Over the next weeks and months, LLPH will be highlighting the great legislators and candidates we have endorsed or recommended. This first post is about three of the greatest legislators in the United States House of Representatives. They all share common values: challenging the leadership, fighting against wasteful spending bills, standing up for civil liberties, and having a genuine understanding of the Constitution that is rare in Washington D.C. today.
MEET REPs. JIM JORDAN (OH CD 3), RAUL LABRADOR (ID CD 1), and TIM HUELSKAMP (KS CD 1)!
Rep. Jim Jordan: 49-year old Rep. Jim Jordan was elected in 2007. A former leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan has been a strong voice for freedom. Even though he is from the same state as Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Jim Jordan has not been afraid to stand up to Boehner and say NO. And while he is no longer the current RSC Chairman, Jordan has been the loudest advocate for conservatives, not just voting right but standing up for what he believes is right.
For example, when Speaker John Boehner purged conservatives like Congressmen Amash or Huelskamp off key committees, Jordan blasted the decision.
“It’s unfortunate and unhealthy for our party that principled conservatives are being punished for voting their consciences and keeping the promises they made to their constituents,” Jordan told Breitbart News.
Rep. Jim Jordan has voted against the Ryan-Murray Budget, the $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Bill, the $956 Billion Farm Bill Conference Report, and has been a leader in cutting spending. His commitment to opposing debt ceiling increases and continuing resolutions is equally admirable. In July 2011, Jordan was leading the fight against Boehner’s debt ceiling increase proposal. Roll Call reported:
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Tuesday warned that he is confident Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) does not have enough Republicans to pass his debt limit bill.
“I am confident, as of this morning, that there were not 218 Republicans in support” of Boehner’s proposal, he told reporters.
Jordan, who is rallying opposition against the bill, said that while he appreciates Boehner’s efforts on the debt limit, “we just think there’s a better way.”
Jordan’s comments are remarkable, given the fact that they came nearly 24 hours into an aggressive lobbying effort by GOP leaders to bring their divided conference into line, including a prime-time address by Boehner to discuss his proposal. And earlier in the day Tuesday, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) admonished his colleagues to stop “whining” about the debt limit and fall in line behind their leader.
Too many members of the GOP Caucus fall in line with the Republican leadership. They will attack the Democrats for wasteful spending and our never ending debt, yet when they have control, they do nothing. Rep. Jim Jordan is different. He actually takes the fight to the Washington Establishment. Here’s what fellow conservatives at Madison Project have to say about Jordan:
At present, this position is held by Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan. Jordan has done a superb job of standing tall for our promises and leading the charge against leadership when necessary. He stood as the bulwark against John Boehner’s debt ceiling capitulation from beginning to end. This is no small feat considering the fact that Jordan hails from the same state as the party leader.
Rep. Jim Jordan is a friend of LLPH and we are so honored to be supporting his re-election to the 114th Congress, so he can continue to be a bulwark against the big government members of both parties. Here’s his website: http://jimjordanforcongress.com/
Rep. Raul Labrador: Elected in 2010 as a part of the tea party class, 46-year old Rep. Raul Labrador is one of the few who did not join the go-along, get-along club unlike so many of his “tea party” colleagues. Instead, Rep. Raul Labrador has attacked leadership head on and has stood on the principles that he fought for. At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Rep. Labrador was one of the few members to not vote for Speaker John Boehner. For this, he received harsh criticism from his RINO colleague, Rep. Mike Simpson:
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson says fellow Republican Rep. Raul Labrador has forever undermined his effectiveness with an “irresponsible” role in plotting to defeat GOP House Speaker John Boehner.“I think there are 15 or 16 members of our conference that have substantially lost credibility,” said Simpson, one of Boehner’s closest friends in the House.…In response, Labrador called Simpson a “bully” and “an old-school legislator that went to Washington, D.C., to compromise.”“That’s how you get to a $1 trillion deficit, by just tinkering around the edges,” Labrador said. “But I think we live in a new world where we have some very serious fiscal issues in America, and you need to have people who are willing to say ‘no’ to a lot of things — things that are very popular back home — and that are willing to put their political careers on the line.”
Labrador said Republican leadership needs to do three things: articulate a clear vision, develop a plan to implement that vision and follow through.
“They’re not doing any of those three,” Labrador said. “They’re sort of floundering, trying to figure out how we can sell our message to the American people.”
One of those very issues GOP leadership is trying to sell is immigration.
Labrador, who walked out on bipartisan House talks on the issue last year, doesn’t think it’s the right time for the issue and thinks most of his fellow Republicans agree.
“The problem that we have right now is that Republicans and the American public don’t trust this president to actually enforce the law,” he said. “It’s the lack of trust that is killing us right now.”
And Labrador had a visceral reaction to National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon suggesting last week that leadership would tackle immigration after a majority of GOP primaries are finished.
“That’s such an evil way of doing legislation,” Labrador said.
“To actually openly admit that what you’re going to do is pull the wool over people’s eyes,” he said. “I think that’s offensive. And that’s not what I’m for. That’s not why I came here to Washington, D.C. And it saddens me that my own party thinks that it’s OK to do that.”
Rep. Raul Labrador has not been afraid to criticize other establishment members like Rep. Tom Cole (RINO-OK CD 4). Cole proposed raising taxes on everyone except those with incomes below $250K. Here’s what Rep. Labrador stated,
Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), an outspoken freshman conservative, went so far as to suggest that Cole was a member of the Republican establishment that had contributed to the nation’s spending problems in the first place.
“I think he’s wrong,” Labrador said. “I think most of the conference thinks he’s wrong. He’s a good man, who has served here for a long time, but he is also a man who has voted for a lot of the increased spending in Washington, DC. They are the one’s who were here causing all the problems we are facing.”
Rep. Raul Labrador was elected in 2010 under the tea party banner and he has stayed true to tea party principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and the preservation of our civil liberties which is why we are so honored to have endorsed him for re-election to the 114th Congress! Help him here: http://www.labrador4idaho.com/
Rep. Tim Huelskamp: 2010 sent many disappointments, but one of those was definitely not 45-year old Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS 1). Rep. Huelskamp has been one of the most steadfast conservatives in congress, even voting against Speaker Boehner in the 113th Congress. Thrown off the Agriculture Committee in the 112th Congress for being too conservative, Rep. Huelskamp has not backed down but has instead become even fiercer in his criticism of leadership.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) — who was recently removed from key committees and supported Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for speaker — sat on the House floor during the speaker vote brandishing an iPad. A message was displayed on the screen ticking off members of the House Republican Conference he hoped would oppose the sitting speaker. The title of the document: “You would be fired if this goes out.”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/conservatives-rebel-against-boehner-85749.html#ixzz2sPBVHupW
Rep. Huelskamp has reshaped the agricultural district that he represents. His constituents elected him in 2010 and re-elected him in 2012, proving that while many of them are farmers, they understand that government subsidies and “big ag” is irresponsible when it heaps trillions of dollars of debt on the next generation. Rep. Huelskamp has continuously opposed wasteful spending bills from the $1.1 Trillion Omnibus to the Ryan-Murray Budget to the most recent Farm Bill Conference Report. He has stood strong against CISPA, indefinite detention, and supported the Amash NSA amendment.
We need more leaders like Rep. Huelskamp who will go to Washington and fight the big spenders of both parties. Rep. Huelskamp is facing a primary challenge and it is important the we help him win this year in both the primary and the general election. Help him here: http://www.huelskamp.org/
Stay tune for more write-ups about our endorsed/recommended candidates and legislators. It is important that we continue building our conservative coalition in Washington D.C. and reshaping the way Washington works. As Erick Erickson wrote on RedState recently,
These candidates not only must be defended in 2014 as the Chamber of Commerce and Establishment allies work to defeat them, but other candidates must be supported and sent to Washington to help them. The conservatives need reinforcements.
You must choose to make a change. You must change the Republican Party to change Washington. You must change Washington to save America. This is your responsibility to history and to your family.
It’s time to win in 2014!