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Boehner ousts Huelskamp from agriculture and budget committees
Wichita Eage ^ | 12/4/12 | Dan Voorhis

Posted on 12/05/2012 6:53:28 AM PST by crosshairs

Republican leaders in the U.S. House kicked U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp off the House Agriculture and House Budget committees this week – a move that dismayed many in the state’s powerful agriculture sector.

In a statement on his congressional website, Huelskamp, R-Fowler, said he was given “limited explanation for his removal,” but that his “consistent, principled, and conservative votes have riled the GOP Establishment.” House Speaker John Boehner, in the midst of critical budget negotiations over the “fiscal cliff,” removed other conservatives from their committee posts as well – Justin Amash of Michigan from the House budget committee, and Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona from the House Financial Services Committee.

Reaction in Kansas was dismayed surprise. On Friday, Huelskamp delivered a legislative update at the Kansas Livestock Association annual meeting in Wichita. On Tuesday, agriculture groups across Kansas were scrambling to find out more about the move and answer members’ calls and e-mails.

The verdict is that losing representation on the House Agriculture Committee is a blow to the state and its agricultural interests.

“It certainly puts our members and Kansas as one of the top ag states at a signficant disadvantage in setting federal policy,” said Aaron Popelka, vice president of legal and governmental affairs for the KLA.

“Having somebody from the Big First on House Ag has been extremely important and deserving because of the amount of wheat and agriculture that come from there,” said Justin Gilpin, CEO of the Kansas Wheat Commission. A congressman from the First District, known as the Big First because it includes more than half the state, has helped shape federal farm policy on the House Agriculture Committee since at least the start of the 20th century and possibly since Kansas became a state in 1861, said Chapman Rackaway, an associate professor at Fort Hays State University.

Among the First District congressmen who have played big roles on the agriculture committee were Bob Dole, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran – all of whom ran successfully from the First District seat to the Senate. Huelskamp is suffering the consequences of his particularly uncompromising form of conservatism in a body that really exists to make deals and balance competing interests, Rackaway said.

Not only did he vote against the agreement in the summer of 2011 to raise the government’s debt ceiling, but he opposed the budget blueprint written by his budget committee chairman Republican Paul Ryan. In his statement on his website, Huelskamp said: “The GOP 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.”

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said Tuesday that the party’s steering committee made the decision “based on a range of factors.”

Rackaway noted that Huelskamp not only has failed to support positions of the GOP leadership, but he’s been abrasive in advancing his opinions, rubbing others the wrong way both personally and politically.

It’s a pattern that’s not new, Rackaway said. Huelskamp was removed from the Kansas Senate’s Ways and Means Committee when he served there. And reports of hard feelings between Boehner and Huelskamp started almost immediately after he reached Washington in early 2011. “These negotiations over the fiscal cliff may have been the final straw, but this has been building up for two years,” Rackaway said. “Among folks in the know, there is not any great secret they don’t like each other on a personal level.”

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.

All four of the lawmakers who lost their committee assignments 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 by some as a 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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: boehner; boehner4obama; boehnervsamerica; fiscalcliff; huelskamp; traitorboehner; tyrantboehner
Shedding more light on Boner's motives.
1 posted on 12/05/2012 6:53:33 AM PST by crosshairs
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To: crosshairs

In the battle between makers and takers (I know the media pretended that was a gaffe, but it was also a meaningful distinction), it looks like makers are losing their effective representation. If the only Americans who pay taxes are going to lose any effective representation, we’re getting into a classic “taxation without representation” situation. The last one of those got very ugly, but turned out for the better. I hope this will eventually turn out well too.

The only tangible thing conservatism has to offer (since liberals do not value freedom) is the opportunity to move from “taker” into the “maker” class. If we can’t find a spokesman who can articulate why conservatism enables that path and thus is the best answer for those facing economic challenges, then conservatism is dead as a political movement, and we will have to turn somewhere other than the ballot box to resolve this difference over whether the far left will be permitted to take from those who produce.


2 posted on 12/05/2012 7:05:58 AM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: crosshairs

‘Caveman’ Bohner might as well join the Democrats. He is a dictator!!!


3 posted on 12/05/2012 7:06:22 AM PST by rawhide
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To: crosshairs

Like Obama, Boehner has shed his sheep’s clothing. Boehner is a GOP-e wolf who is bearing his fangs.

Boehner must go!


4 posted on 12/05/2012 7:06:22 AM PST by Obadiah (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: crosshairs

Boehner works for Obama.

I bet the democrats in his Ohio district voted for him too.

Democrats want Boehner as speaker. That should tell everybody something.


5 posted on 12/05/2012 7:06:29 AM PST by Smokeyblue
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To: crosshairs

Their removal from key committees with jurisdiction over the two issues was viewed by some as a 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.


Personally I would hope that this causes Republican Lawmakers to vote against Boehner being retained as Speaker of the House. It won’t but I would hope that it would.

Look People! And I’m talking to you so-called Republican Lawmakers. It’s LONG past time to end go-along to get-along. This is War and you people are on the front lines now. Do your jobs and represent your constituents and states or leave, at this point there is no other choices.

Oh? You say Obama won? Prove it and probe all of the Vote Fraud, it was so in-your-face this time.


6 posted on 12/05/2012 7:09:43 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: crosshairs
There are people I dislike, hate, disagree with and a few others.

Then ... there are enemies, and johnboy has joined that rank.

7 posted on 12/05/2012 7:10:29 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Smokeyblue
Boehner works for .. with .. Obama.

fixed

8 posted on 12/05/2012 7:12:11 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: crosshairs

This is not just Boehner. We need to dutifully detail who all is on Boehner’s team, including staff and lobbyists.


9 posted on 12/05/2012 7:12:46 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Smokeyblue
I bet the democrats in his Ohio district voted for him too.

His district is HEAVILY Republican. Its the "every member of Congress is a crook except MY Congressman" syndrome.
10 posted on 12/05/2012 7:15:06 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: crosshairs

Well, looks like the GOP has chosen to cave.

A good short term political move. Selling tax cuts to the “1%” during a Recession/Depression is pretty hard.

Bad long term move. You just alienated your own base, and many of your own fellow congressman.

I would bet there is a major split in the GOP soon.


11 posted on 12/05/2012 7:20:56 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: rawhide

” He is a dictator!!!”

And a stupid one, at that. Now, when he needs the support of all Republicans, he is punishing conservative members. That is just stupid politics. I suppose he’s not familiar with the old adage: “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

Surely, even in that cesspool of Ohio politics there should be someone more fit for office than this charlatan. He definitely should be primaried in ‘14.


12 posted on 12/05/2012 7:26:13 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: redgolum

A major split within the GOP is exactly what Obama is trying to provoke.


13 posted on 12/05/2012 7:28:51 AM PST by sphinx ([)
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To: sphinx

I am ready for a true split. I say let all the rinos and democrat leaners keep the Republiban party and let us start a new party without them.


14 posted on 12/05/2012 7:34:39 AM PST by rawhide
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To: crosshairs

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said Tuesday that the party’s steering committee made the decision “based on a range of factors.”
...........................................................

Michael Steele???? Michael Steele????

The same stupid bastid who screwed up the Republican party which he once led? The Dork with more Gaffes than Biden?/

That is Boehners mouthpiece?

Republican party being led by fools, backstabbers, and damned idiots.


15 posted on 12/05/2012 7:34:48 AM PST by Venturer
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To: crosshairs

Scandal Bonehead out of his leadership position.


16 posted on 12/05/2012 7:34:48 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Smokeyblue

It almost seems as if someone, somewhere in obama’s circle of jerks has a very damaging file of information about John Boehner

filed in the dirty ops research files between John Allen and John Roberts


17 posted on 12/05/2012 7:38:25 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: tennmountainman

We needer Boehner....GONE!


18 posted on 12/05/2012 7:57:45 AM PST by WellyP (question!)
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To: tennmountainman

Is Bonehead automatically speaker for the next Congress (1/2013), or can someone run against him?


19 posted on 12/05/2012 7:58:39 AM PST by Axelsrd
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To: Axelsrd

Someone can run against him, but no one will.
So the GOP will re-elect him as speaker.
The only way I see to get him out is to scandal him out.
Surely this moron has bones in his closet.


20 posted on 12/05/2012 8:05:00 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: crosshairs
Boehner ousts Huelskamp from agriculture and budget committees

This is the headline I dream of waking up to one day soon..........

Boehner ousted as Weeper of the House
21 posted on 12/05/2012 8:05:00 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: crosshairs

These actions are an aggressive attempt to avoid the consequences and blame of having lost easily-winnable and key elections several times since Reagan. In the long-run, these GOP “leaders” will destroy the viability of their party. In the short-run, they intend to keep their power and jobs until they are ready to retire. They might succeed if they are allowed to continue without challenge.


22 posted on 12/05/2012 8:10:03 AM PST by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: crosshairs

WHAT DO “THEY” HAVE ON BOEHNER?!? Mr. Two-heart-beats-away-from-the-presidency is a Dem in Republican clothing.


23 posted on 12/05/2012 8:17:45 AM PST by madison10
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To: Venturer

Um not that Michael Steel.... This guy is White LOL


24 posted on 12/05/2012 8:24:21 AM PST by Sanity is my name
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To: crosshairs; All
Kansas is just upset their Big Agriculture puppets aren't controlling the committees in furtherance of among the worst kind, and longest running types of crony capitalism.

Eliminate the subsidies NOW.

25 posted on 12/05/2012 8:42:10 AM PST by newzjunkey (grr)
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To: crosshairs

“the party’s steering committee made the decision”

Is this “steering committee” made up of Republican Congressmen or is it the RNC? The RNC should have no business intefering with congressional committees.


26 posted on 12/05/2012 8:46:51 AM PST by duffee (Newt Gingrich for Speaker)
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To: crosshairs

Conservatives are haveing to fight on two fronts: (1) fighting off marxism from the Dims, firing at them from the front, and (2) fighting off CINO enemies within their midst, shooting at them from the rear.

I have now sent two e-mails to my congress critter (R) asking that Boehner be ousted. I know nothing will be done but I want my representative to know we’re watching what is going on in the District of Corruption.


27 posted on 12/05/2012 9:40:25 AM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: newzjunkey

Huelskamp was on record as stating that he did not
support subsidies and that they would not be included
in the new version of a farm bill. BTW 80% of the
expenditures of a new farm bill are for food stamps.
How about we eliminate that first? Cheers.


28 posted on 12/05/2012 9:52:44 AM PST by kawhill (kawhill)
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To: crosshairs
Freedom loving Americans find themselves in a two front war.
On one front they face Odumbo and his Demmunist hordes.
On the other they must confront John "Cry Baby" Boner and his RINO traitors.
29 posted on 12/05/2012 8:47:32 PM PST by Amagi (Chief Justice John Roberts is a traitorous weasel.)
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