House Republican Study Committee Gains Power

Thursday, 03 Feb 2011 03:43 PM

By Dan Weil

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For years, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) has been simply an annoyance for the GOP House leadership, urging Republicans to take more conservative stances on almost every major policy issue.

But now the caucus, with more than 170 members, is playing a bigger role, as conservatives bask in their ascendancy, Politico reports.

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Jim Jordan, Chair of the RSC
The RSC can now drive policy. Even though the Republican leadership agrees with the RSC on issues such as Obamacare and abortion policy, the RSC is pushing leaders not to compromise on key party principles in an effort to forge bipartisan agreements on issues including foreign policy and immigration.

RSC Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio, a previously obscure congressman, now wields great power. “We want the House to go to the Senate in the strongest possible position” on budget cuts, he says. “We are reminding Republicans that we should act like us.”

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