House Freedom Caucus Eyeing Biggest Power Play Since Pushing Out Boehner as Speaker

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House Freedom Caucus Eyeing Biggest Power Play Since Pushing Out Boehner as Speaker

The group of conservative agitators might try to claim the chairmanship of the largest GOP group on Capitol Hill.

Members of the group of far-right agitators are considering a plan to run one of their own as a candidate for the Republican Study Committee chairmanship this fall in a bid to push the conservative group further to the right.

Seizing control of the RSC would be the latest show of clout for the group of about 40 conservatives, which in its mere two-year existence has upended the House Republican Conference and infuriated GOP leaders with its no-holds-barred legislative tactics.

Several caucus members in recent days have threatened to leave the RSC, criticizing the group as a puppet of House Republican leadership that no longer stands for conservative values. The RSC, now comprised of nearly 180 members, had long been regarded as the leading group in the House for staunch conservatives.

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