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Ryan to Meet With Freedom Caucus This Week

Jordan, left, said Freedom Caucus members will meet with Ryan this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Freedom Caucus members will meet with Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and his staff later this week to discuss appropriations and other matters.  

"We just started a discussion last night with Freedom Caucus members," Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said when asked by CQ Roll Call about Ryan's comments that the House should use its powers of the purse to include policy riders in an omnibus appropriations bill. "I know we're talking with the speaker and his staff later this week," Jordan said, "so we'll have a better idea. ... I've had a conversation with one of the appropriations members, so too early to tell."  

These Are the Faces to Watch on Capitol Hill This Week

Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., left, and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pose in the Capitol Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning loss in his primary last week has initiated a leadership shakeup for House Republicans. Cantor endorsed current GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy as his successor during his resignation speech announcing he will step down from his leadership position at the end of July.  

Speaker John A. Boehner has so far refused to endorse a new majority leader, saying he can work with anyone. The GOP will host a candidate forum in the Capitol on Wednesday. Leadership elections will be held the next day .