The reshuffling of the 114th Congress continues as Speaker Paul Ryan looks to leave his own legacy in changing the way the House of Representatives works. In order to quell any more uprisings and intra-party fights that spill to shutdowns, Ryan has established an advisory board made up of the three main Republican voting blocs; the moderate Tuesday Group, the rebellious conservative House Freedom Caucus, and the more mainstream conservative Republican Study Committee. Reps. Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Robert Dold (IL-10) will represent the Tuesday Group. Dent has been an outspoken member of the group when it comes to far-right members prioritizing messaging over passing legislation. Reps. Jim Jordan (OH-4) and Mick Mulvaney (SC-5) will represent the House Freedom Caucus. Jordan was instrumental in getting the support of a majority of the Freedom Caucus to back Ryan as Speaker. Reps. Bill Flores (TX-17) and Kristi Noem (SD-At Large) will represent the Republican Study Committee. Flores is respected by many of his colleagues and considered a run for Speaker before Ryan stepped up. Rounding out the advisory committee are two conservative stalwarts and committee chairman who care about the legislative process and passing legislation, Chairmen Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) and Tom Price (GA-6). It remains to be seen how effective the board will be, but they plan to meet regularly to discuss House matters and serve as Ryan's board for leadership ideas.
The House committee shake up continues as well, with Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH-12) named the chairman of the Health Subcommittee on the Ways and Means Committee that was left vacant when Chairman Kevin Brady (TX-8) was elevated to chair the Ways and Means Committee. Tiberi has been a big supporter of agents and brokers and HUPAC is pleased with his selection.
Lastly, a third Republican candidate in the presidential field has announced he is suspending his campaign. Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has dropped out, officially leaving 14 candidates left in the race. The Jindal campaign never got off the ground due to the enormous field and never honing on a clear message. Many felt Jindal was the "click bait" candidate, meaning he would say anything outrageous to try to get attention, which fell out of step with past Jindal campaigns and speeches. Back in 2013 he railed against the controversial and dumb statements folks in his party would make when he said, "We've got to stop being the stupid party." Jindal is still only 44 years old so he has plenty of life left in the political arena. So he won't be gone for long.
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