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  • Huelskamp, Amash Say House Leadership "Punished" Dissent

    A pair of the House of Representatives’ most conservative members said Tuesday that they were blindsided by news that they would be removed from key committees during the upcoming Congress.

    Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) said House leadership didn’t even inform him of the decision. “I had to read it in the newspapers,” he told a crowd at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing. (Watch the full event above.)

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) claimed that leadership reneged on an agreement with House freshman inked in 2010. Under the deal, Huelskamp said, any member would be free to “vote their conscience and their district” as long as they agreed to fund-raise for Republican candidates and inform leadership of their votes prior to casting them.

    But according to Huelskamp, Republican members were ranked according to their votes during the 112th Congress in closed-door meetings. “If you didn’t get a high enough score,” he claimed, citing “multiple sources,” members were “punished.”

    It sends a message, Huelskamp added, that “dissent will not be tolerated.”

    Amash, who says he voted with leadership 95% of the time, called the committee assignments “a slap in the face to all young people who are thinking of becoming Republicans.”

    Both congressmen painted the move as an ongoing trend of hostility towards more conservative members of the Republican caucus. Huelskamp tied it to rule-changes at the Republican National Convention that gave the national committee veto power over state delegates.

    While the committee assignments have obvious political implications, they will be felt most in the policy arena, Huelskamp said. “This doesn’t hurt you at home,” he said, but it may deal a blow to conservative policy proposals on Capitol Hill.

    He noted that many members were removed from committees dealing with issues in which those members have expertise  Huelskamp himself is a former farmer, but was removed from the Agriculture Committee. He cited Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ) as well, who was booted from the Finance Committee despite his business background.

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    6 Responses to Huelskamp, Amash Say House Leadership "Punished" Dissent

    1. Alfrom Fl says:

      Assuming "house leadership" is the speaker and Cantor, we need to demand that they be replaced for next years congress. As for negotiations this month, unless the republicans get, in writing, meaningful spending cuts and entitlement reforms, there should be no deal. Recognizing elections have consequeces(that works both ways) we depend upon the House to hold this administration to fiscal responsibility. There is a lot of talk on the internet of republicans leaving the party – good news for the democrat party (and I thought that the election of Obama would destroy the democrat party!!).

      • Dorothy says:

        Dorothyfrom PA

        What's going on in this country? The American people are being sold out!! The wrong people are being booted out on the Republican side. The Speaker and Cantor are turning into a couple of turn-coats. God help us all. They are acting exactly like a couple of the emblem of the Democrat party. If that's the way they want to be, then they should just call themselves Democrats. They should remember that the emblem of the Republican party "never forgets" when the next election cycle comes up….that is, if we are allowed to have a next election by our new dictator.

        We are being led down a garden path. What happened to the Benghazi investigation. (Being swept under the rug?)

        How about a new re-election day. I believe the voting machines were fixed. Sixty nine districts in Ohio with 100% for Obama? Not possible!! The machines may have been fixed, but the nation is now broken.

    2. HarrietHT says:

      I would say that an effort to primary Boehner is in order. And Cantor, too.

    3. Mike says:

      Get rid of the speaker and Cantor and stand strong for conservatives. They are going to destroy the Republican Party

    4. Looks like it's time for a 3rd Party.

    5. Bobbie says:

      Wow, Cantor and Bohner must have high positions in their American "change" to communist government roles. Sincere shock! I thought all republicans were better than that? Those who pretend they have principle will come true to light and to themselves, cowards to everyone else. Only cowards give up on principle and shut up those who stand true to, for and by principle!!

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