The caucus started in 2005, the same year the House’s Republicans gained control of the chamber for the first time in generations. Since then, the group’s membership had grown to several dozen lawmakers and so has its scope. It now holds regular meetings in the cramped Capitol room and has launched a Web site devoted to the cause.
At each gathering, the group rates each piece of legislation by weighing whether it encourages four principles:
Less government. Less taxes. Personal responsibility. More liberty.
“We want to look through that lens with every piece of legislation,” said Graves, R-Ranger. “We want our principles to be our compass.”