- Ryan Seeks Greater Cooperation from All Republicans
- November 10, 2015
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
- When he announced that he would be willing to run for Speaker, Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he would do so only if he could unite the entire Republican Party. As part of this effort, Speaker Ryan is now calling for a weekly meeting of the leaders of the centrist Tuesday Group, the conservative Republican Study Committee, and the Tea Party-aligned House Freedom Caucus.
The weekly lunch meeting will start the week after next and include representatives from leadership as well as each group, including Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan, RSC Chairman Bill Flores, and Tuesday Group Chairman Charlie Dent, or one of their lieuten-ants. They will also include influential members from around the conference, including some of Ryan’s most trusted hands, such as Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, and Rep. Kristi Noem, vice chairwo-man of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee.
The meetings could have a corollary benefit: preventing the kinds of public blowups between Republican moderates and conservatives that have marred the past several years.
The meetings come after members of the Freedom Caucus and Tuesday Group met be-hind closed doors late last month, ahead of Ryan’s election as speaker, to start a dialogue and discuss procedural reforms that members have been seeking.