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Jim Jordan re-elected to lead U.S. House Freedom Caucus

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(Bloomberg) — The U.S. House Freedom Caucus, the group that helped force out former Speaker John Boehner, re-elected Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio as its chairman.

Jordan, who will continue leading the caucus of about three dozen conservative Republicans, is among the lawmakers who formed the group in January. Its members say they aim to hold new Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to his promises to share power with rank-and-file lawmakers.

As part of that promise, the caucus during Monday night’s private meeting briefly discussed a proposed list of 2016 priorities, which some members are tentatively calling a “Contract With America II.” The name would be an homage to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s plan that helped sweep Republicans to the House majority in 1994 for the first time in decades.

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama said a short discussion was held during the meeting about the idea. He said he’s displeased that some members of the group hadn’t been involved until now in the conversation over the list of priorities. “I have never seen such a Contract With America,” he said.

An early draft of the multi-point plan obtained last week by Bloomberg News called for action within the first 100 days of 2016 on conservative priorities, including replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), overhauling safety-net programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and repealing the estate tax.


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