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Press Release

Grassroots Activists Send a Loud Message to GOP-Led Congress

In the past 72 hours, activists nationwide sent over 20,000 messages and 13,000 phone calls demanding new leadership to Congress

Washington, DC- Twenty-five brave members of the House did not vote to re-elect Speaker John Boehner, after receiving over 20,000 messages and 13,000 phone calls sent by grassroots America to Washington.

FreedomWorks thanks the following members of Congress who made a truly heroic effort to shake up the status quo in Congressional leadership this week:

Justin Amash (MI-3)

Brian Babin (TX-36)

Rod Blum (IA-1)

Dave Brat (VA-7)

Jim Bridenstine (OK-1)

Curt Clawson (FL-19)

Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)

Jeff Duncan (SC-3)

Scott Garrett (NJ-5)

Chris Gibson (NY-19)

Louie Gohmert (TX-1)

Paul Gosar (AZ-4)

Tim Huelskamp (KS-1)

Walter Jones (NC-3)

Steve King (IA-4)

Thomas Massie (KY-4)

Mark Meadows (NC-11)

Richard Nugent (FL-11)

Gary Palmer (AL-6)

Bill Posey (FL-8)

Scott Rigell (VA-2)

Marlin Stutzman (IN-3)

Randy Weber (TX-14)

Dan Webster (FL-10)

Ted Yoho (FL-3)

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented:

“I am honored to have stood in solidarity with thousands of grassroots activists nationwide and the 25 members of the House who made the principled vote for new leadership today, rather than the easy vote.”

“Challenges are a critical reminder to Republicans in Congress that nobody is entitled to their seat, or their leadership position. They have to earn it, or we will be back next year. Activists sent over 20,000 messages and 13,000 phone calls to Congress in the last 72 hours demanding a change in leadership.”

“We knew going into this fight that it would be a David versus Goliath effort, but each year the tally grows of fiscal conservatives in the House willing to change the status quo. Renewing the Export-Import Bank used to be automatic, it isn’t today. Raising the debt ceiling used to be automatic, it isn’t today. Re-electing the Speaker of the House used to be automatic, it isn’t today. This is the beginning of a paradigm shift in Congress, where inside baseball is now the people’s business.”

“We are going to help grassroots activists, and the brave members of Congress who took a stand today, to continue that fight until the number of pro-liberty votes in Congress reaches critical mass.”

FreedomWorks aims to educate, build, and mobilize the largest network of activists advocating the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, free markets, personal liberty and the rule of law. For more information, please visit www.FreedomWorks.org or contact Jackie Bodnar at JBodnar@FreedomWorks.org.