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GOP senators form Conservative Caucus


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A group of Republican lawmakers has joined together to form the Missouri Senate Conservative Caucus.

The six Republican state senators made the announcement on Thursday while outlining the caucus’ priorities. Top issues included regulatory reform, tort reform, health care reform, abortion, and gun rights.

The conversation on forming the caucus started organically among like-minded senators who decided they wanted to get together to pursue a particular agenda, according to Sen. Bill Eigel.

“I don’t think of us as anything other than a great supplement to what the Republican Party is doing,” said Eigel, who noted the group wants to be a resource for GOP senators. “I don’t think in any way, shape, or form this should be looked at as anything but a victory for folks that want to move conservative legislation forward.”

Eigel said he believes Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz and Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden are off to a great start. The Conservative Caucus will “be a great resource” to them, according to the sophomore senator.

The issues the caucus is making a priority are topics that they believe haven’t gotten the attention needed in the last few years.

“Missourians want accountability and results,” said Sen. Denny Hoskins. “That is why the Conservative Caucus will work towards this goal by cutting government spending and realigning resources to align with Missourians’ priorities and holding state agencies fiscally responsible.”

The caucus includes Sens. Eigel, Hoskins, Cindy O’Laughlin, Andrew Koenig, Bob Onder, and Eric Burlison.