Friday, August 6

House leadership vs. #IMeantIt

If conservatives are concerned about the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, here’s an example of reasons why, involving Tim Huelskamp of the Kansas first district, from The Hill:

Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) lost spots on the House Budget Committee, according to an aide. The Hill listed Amash earlier this year as one of the House GOP’s most frequent defectors.

Huelskamp told The Hill he also lost his seat on the Agriculture Committee following a Monday meeting of the House Republican Steering Committee.

Huelskamp said that the move, which he saw as an effort to stifle conservative voices in the party, augured poorly for the Republican Party’s future.

“It’s pretty disappointing, and it’s a way of relegating the Republican Party to permanent minority status,” he said.

“They like to say they’re conservative … but when you go to Washington and you say, ‘You know what, that’s what we stand for,’ they punish those voices,” he said.

In particular, Huelskamp cited a video he recently posted to his congressional website urging Republicans to adhere to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge advocated by Grover Norquist and his Americans for Tax Reform, as something that could have upset party leaders.

“It’s clearly meant to punish and penalize in a vindictive manner,” he added.

The video referred to is here: #IMeantIt.

See GOP cracks whip with committee picks.