In a group interview with Reuters, three of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus said that while they had constantly battled with outgoing Speaker John Boehner, Ryan understands that individual lawmakers need to help develop the legislative agenda.
“With that (approach) there would be less conflict, hopefully, because it would be member driven,” said Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a second-term lawmaker and sponsor of a July motion that sought to oust Boehner…
Jordan predicted that up to 28 of the caucus’s 39 members would back Ryan on Thursday when the House votes for a new speaker.
Caucus member Mick Mulvaney said, with caucus support, Ryan should get between 230 and 235 votes on Thursday, a comfortable margin of victory. He needs 218 to win if all members of the House vote.