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113th Congress: Huelskamp doesn’t vote for Boehner; Roberts to lose ranking member status on Agriculture Committee

January 3, 2013

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Kansas' all-Republican congressional delegation started the 113th session on Thursday by making news. U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp thumbed his nose at House Speaker John Boehner and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts was bumped from a ranking position on the Senate Agriculture Committee, but he will remain on the committee.

Huelskamp of Fowler, was one of several Republicans who didn't vote for Boehner, R-Ohio, who was elected to a second two-year term as House speaker.

Earlier this month, Huelskamp was one of several representatives who were stripped of key committee assignments because they bucked party leaders.

But Huelskamp denied that had anything to do with his vote for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, for speaker.

"It's not about committee assignments. It's not about that. It's about a real concern that for two years we've had a lack of leadership based on conservative principles. It's a vote of no confidence," Huelskamp said.

But U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Topeka, whose district includes Lawrence, voted for Boehner, and later congratulated him on Twitter. "Thank you for your leadership — looking forward to the 113th."

In a news release, Jenkins said that as vice chair of the House Republican Conference, she hoped to reduce gridlock in Washington "and help lead the team that will finally start digging America out of this fiscal mess."

Also on Thursday, Roberts announced that he was being replaced as the ranking minority party member on the Agriculture Committee by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.

Because of Republican rules, Cochran's time as ranking member on another committee had expired, and so he asserted his seniority on the Ag Committee.

Roberts said he supported Cochran and that "seniority is a well-respected and historic privilege in the U.S. Senate."

Roberts will remain on the Ag committee. "Rest assured, I will remain a strong and vocal champion for agriculture as a senior member of the committee. I will retain my Finance Committee seat and as a senior member of this committee, I am able to affect trade policy, especially ag trade, tax reform and rural health care," he said.

In addition, Roberts will assert his seniority and become ranking minority member of the Rules Committee, which will be dealing with issues concerning filibuster rules.

After a bruising fight over the "fiscal cliff," which ended earlier this week, Congress faces more showdowns in the next two months over whether to increase the nation's borrowing authority and what to do about looming, automatic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs.

Comments

gccs14r 1 year, 11 months ago

Huelskamp's problem is that he thinks he's a conservative.

cowboy 1 year, 11 months ago

In a news release, Jenkins said that as vice chair of the House Republican Conference, she hoped to reduce gridlock in Washington "and help lead the team that will finally start digging America out of this fiscal mess."

She's proud to be a member of the nations worst house in history.

Jenkins should note the job growth , lower unemployment , stock market gains. If this whack job would get on board and contribute some cooperation the country could move along faster.

Huelscamp should just resign , what a moron.

texburgh 1 year, 11 months ago

"Jenkins said that as vice chair of the House Republican Conference, she hoped to reduce gridlock in Washington 'and help lead the team that will finally start digging America out of this fiscal mess.'"

Isn't that the same team that has spent the past four years doing all they can to obstruct progress?

Jenkins is every bit as big a moron as Huelskamp.

oldexbeat 1 year, 11 months ago

Sounds like someone really really wants to be taken seriously. You know, like a first grader telling a teacher that they will be heard.

"Roberts will remain on the Ag committee. "Rest assured, I will remain a strong and vocal champion for agriculture as a senior member of the committee. I will retain my Finance Committee seat and as a senior member of this committee, I am able to affect trade policy, especially ag trade, tax reform and rural health care," he said."

Rest. That's the word I was looking for...Sleep is another one -- a sleep at the wheel. Yup.

Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

If Lynn Jenkins is so interested in "reducing gridlock in Washington", perhaps she will get behind filibuster reform. Her her her. (Pardon me, I just blew coffee through my nose over that one.)

Liberty275 1 year, 11 months ago

Be careful what you wish for. The senate will be controlled by the republicans at some point. Are you going to want to put the filibuster rules back in place then to stop anti-abortion or anti-gay marriage legislation?

gccs14r 1 year, 11 months ago

I think if you're going to filibuster, you should have to follow through with the actual act, not just pretend that it happened. Earn your obstructionism, not have it handed to you.

rgh 1 year, 11 months ago

The real problem with politics is who is kissing up to leaders and leaders playing games with committee appointments. Happens in states and happens in Washington. This guy gets the senior position on the Ag committee simply because he has more years in Washington? I don't care what Pat Roberts says, it's just plain wrong. It's also wrong for the speaker to be the sole judge on when a bill gets voted on (if its get voted on at all actually). Now they are even trying to get rid of the committee that oversees ethics in congress. Now that's laughable.

LJD230 1 year, 11 months ago

Republicans will be swept away to the dustbin of histor in the next midterm elections. The Republican Party is a fledgling dinosaur.

Liberty275 1 year, 11 months ago

Romney lost by 3.5 million votes out of 120 million in the popular election. Your fledgling dinosaur voted 60 million times for a republican. The republican party isn't going anywhere.

cowboy 1 year, 11 months ago

electoral college votes tallied today , Romney got 47% , how ironic

Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

Y'aint from around here air ya, Sparky? You haven't been in Kansas long to make a statement like that.

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