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Internal Bickering Inside The Republican House
5 years ago


By David Lawder
WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Two of the most conservative  Republicans in the House of Representatives have been kicked off  the House Budget Committee, a rare move that could make it  easier for the panel to advance a deal with Democrats to cut  fiscal deficits.
Representatives Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of  Michigan - both favorites of the anti-tax Tea Party movement -  are among those Republicans voting most often against House  Speaker John Boehner.

Huelskamp and Amash, who both will begin second terms in the  House next month, voted against last year's deal to raise the  federal debt limit and staunchly oppose any tax increases.  Boehner has now included new revenue in his latest offer to  avert the "fiscal cliff" of year-end tax hikes and automatic  spending cuts. Given their voting records, winning support from  Huelskamp and Amash for such a compromise seemed an uphill  battle.
Huelskamp released a statement saying the Republican  leadership "might think they have silenced conservatives but  removing me and others from key committees only confirms our  conservative convictions.

"This is clearly a vindictive move and a sure sign that the  GOP establishment cannot handle disagreement," he said.
Huelskamp and Amash had said that despite sweeping changes  to the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs, committee  chairman Paul Ryan's budget did not make deep enough cuts to  entitlement programs and military spending.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel declined to be specific on  the reasons for their ouster by the House Republican Steering  Committee, which occurred Monday in a closed-door meeting.
"The Steering Committee makes decisions based on a range of  factors," Steel said.
Huelskamp said he was given "limited explanation" for his  removal from the Budget Committee, a move he called  "vindictive." A spokesman for Amash could not be immediately  reached for comment.

Huelskamp and Amash cast the only House Budget Committee  votes against Ryan's budget plan earlier this year.
While there is often wrangling over committee chairmanships  just before a new Congress takes office, it is rare for  rank-and-file committee members to be stripped of their  assignments.

The 34-member Republican steering committee is headed by  Boehner and includes members of House leadership, committee  chairs and other lawmakers representing different regions of the  country.

The same group last week recommended that Ryan, the  conservative former Republican vice presidential candidate, be  renewed as Budget Committee chairman


This post was modified from its original form on 07 Dec, 4:55
5 years ago

John:  these 2 guys wanted Ryan removed as Budget Committee Chairman... there is a lot going on here and I am disgusted with this type who go on Sean Hannity and start whining, criticizing airing dirty laundry which they create!!!!


Beware of these dogs who bark continuousally over what???  It is not going their way so dump Ryan and Boehner now!

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