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Huelskamp booted from House Budget, and Agriculture committees

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U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, has been taken off the House Budget Committee and House Agriculture Committee, according to several reports. Earlier this year, Kansas legislative leaders voiced concerns that Huelskamp's run-ins with House Speaker John Boehner would jeopardize funding for NBAF. The Hutchinson News is reporting this is the first time in more than 50 years that Kansas' 1st Congressional District representative wasn't on the House Ag Committee.

This from AP on the goings-on in D.C.

House Speaker John Boehner's decision to take plum committee assignments away from four conservative Republican lawmakers after they bucked party leaders on key votes isn't going over well with conservative advocacy groups that viewed them as role models.

Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan will lose their seats on the House Budget Committee chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan next year. And Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona are losing their seats on the House Financial Services Committee.

The move is underscoring a divide in the Republican Party between tea party-supported conservatives and the House GOP leadership.

"This is a clear attempt on the part of Republican leadership to punish those in Washington who vote the way they promised their constituents they would — on principle — instead of mindlessly rubber-stamping trillion dollar deficits and the bankrupting of America," said Matt Kibbe, president of the tea party group FreedomWorks. "This is establishment thinking, circling the wagons around yes-men and punishing anyone that dares to take a stand for good public policy."

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, would only say Tuesday that the party's steering committee chaired by the speaker made the decision "based on a range of factors."

Groups aligned with the tea party movement were generally big supporters of Huelskamp, Amash and Schweikert. Jones is viewed more as a conservative maverick than a tea party Republican. He has frequently siding against GOP leaders on a range of issues over the years.

A spokesman for Schweikert said he was told specifically that he had too frequently voted "against the team."

"The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions," Huelskamp said in a statement Tuesday. "This is clearly a vindictive move, and a sure sign that the GOP establishment cannot handle disagreement."

All four lawmakers had voted against the summer 2011 deal negotiated between Republican leaders and President Barack Obama for extending the government's ability to borrow money in exchange for $1 trillion in spending cuts and the promise of another $1 trillion in reduced deficits. Three of the four, the exception being Schweikert, voted against the Ryan-written GOP budget blueprint that the House passed last March.

Their removal from key committees with jurisdiction over the two issues was viewed a strong signal to other Republican lawmakers to look favorably on whatever final deal Boehner and Obama put together to avert a "fiscal cliff" combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in January.

The changes in committee assignments could bring about more discipline from the GOP on high-priority issues next Congress, but conservatives were taking the news as an attack on their priorities.

"As the sun rises this morning we can look at John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy and know the opposition is not just across the aisle, but in charge of our own side in the House of Representatives," Erick Erickson wrote on the conservative website, RedState. "All the time and energy I would otherwise have to spend to convince conservatives that these gentlemen would be a problem for the GOP has been spared. They've proven it themselves."

Comments

cowboy 2 years ago

Takes a world class moron to get kicked off a committee by your own party.

Morons , serving your republican party by the dozens. this message brought to you by the Republican National Committee.

Patricia Davis 2 years ago

I love it when republicans eat their own. So delicious.

gccs14r 2 years ago

Kansas gets what it deserves for sending idiots to Washington and Topeka. Compromise is not a dirty word. Also, it's clear that 50 years of tax cuts has not led to prosperity for all, most, or even some, rather only for a few. Lets get the rates back up and start funding important things like education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

Fred Mertz 2 years ago

Tax rate increase across the board or for just those making 250k and above?

gccs14r 2 years ago

I don't think the working poor should take a tax hit (I'd get rid of the sales tax on food, for example, but that's a State tax), but if they'd bring back the higher cap gains tax and put some of the old higher progressive rates back in, I'd be OK with paying more, even though we're well under the $250k mark. And of course they need to expire the FICA holiday.

verity 2 years ago

Wow, just wow! What does one make of this?

Cait McKnelly 2 years ago

"cait48 22 hours, 18 minutes ago

The LJW doesn't pay a lot of attention to Congress. They're a lot more locked into the state house. But i was just made aware that John Boehner booted Tim Huelskamp from the House Budget Committee (a rather prestigious position). Why? Because he's actually TOO far to the right. He's given Boehner a truckload of headaches because Huelskamp's loyalties are more to the Heritage Foundation and The Club for Growth than they are to the GOP. The GOP is already in deep doo doo since the last election. Many in the party know they have to do something to rebrand themselves and in the last two weeks it seems a day hasn't gone by that at least one Republican legislator hasn't told Grover Norquist to take a hike. They're circling the wagons and they've become aware the party HAS to start moving closer to the center or risk total destruction. Huelskamp may be a casualty in the Republican wars but it's also an indicator that Kansas has taken one more giant step toward total irrelevancy. Total control of the state government means little when it's such a Pyrrhic victory."
I posted this on another thread last night.

riverdrifter 2 years ago

The deal is, Tim is just plain dumb. I know him and the fact that he's been elected to congress is just, well, flabbergasting. He couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel. This is what you get when you vote for the (R) and give no one else a chance. What the Repubs are telling him is, 'you go stand in the corner and we'll instruct you on how to vote'. Sad, but it is what it is.

Fred Mertz 2 years ago

There wasn't an option to vote for anyone else as he wasn't challenged. Where was the D to challenge him?

average 2 years ago

A fair question. But, the district is 75% R. Where was the halfway-sane R to challenge him? There were half-a-dozen alternatives two years ago (which is how Timmy got in with under 35% of the GOP primary vote), but none bothered this time.

gudpoynt 2 years ago

Seriously Fred?

Democrats could use piles of cash to either wipe their butts or set set on fire, and either would be money better spent than trying to get a Democrat elected in the 1st district.

verity 2 years ago

Unfortunately, you're also right.

jayhawklawrence 2 years ago

Could not have said it any better.

Great job...

Katara 2 years ago

I don't know why anyone is surprised by this. Today's Republican party eats their own.

Richard Heckler 2 years ago

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tomatogrower 2 years ago

"House Speaker John Boehner's decision to take plum committee assignments away from four conservative Republican lawmakers after they bucked party leaders on key votes isn't going over well with conservative advocacy groups that viewed them as role models."

So what. Just a bunch of tea party whiners.

verity 2 years ago

I had forgotten that little nugget. It does seem appropriate.

bearded_gnome 2 years ago

^^"As the sun rises this morning we can look at John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy and know the opposition is not just across the aisle, but in charge of our own side in the House of Representatives," Erick Erickson wrote on the conservative website, RedState. "All the time and energy I would otherwise have to spend to convince conservatives that these gentlemen would be a problem for the GOP has been spared. They've proven it themselves."

---and thus you establishment republicans, including richard Todd, see why even locally the establishment had to be swept out.

we blame the establishment for the national loss, you gave us Mitt, you told us we had to settle for him, because he was "electable." bunk.

God bless the crew. may their tribe increase.

msezdsit 2 years ago

Whats that word for "eating your own kind". This could turn out to be a really good thing. Wonder when filet of "koback" will be offered. Medium rare brown of back loin , anyone?

gudpoynt 2 years ago

"All the time and energy I would otherwise have to spend to convince conservatives that these gentlemen would be a problem for the GOP has been spared. They've proven it themselves."

I love how this guy points to the leadership of the GOP as being the problem for the GOP.

When I was put into detention in 6th grade, I was absolutely certain that my teacher was the problem... not me.

If only my upper lip was as stiff as the tea partiers. I could have started a revolution of 6th graders. We could have taken over the school.

Unfortunately, I matured and became an adult, and my golden opportunity was missed.

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