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Ousted GOP freshmen demand explanation from Speaker Boehner
The Hill ^ | 12/07/12 | Justin Sink

Posted on 12/07/2012 5:18:59 PM PST by Libloather

Ousted GOP freshmen demand explanation from Speaker Boehner
By Justin Sink - 12/07/12 06:20 PM ET

Three Republican congressmen who were booted from House committees are demanding an explanation from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to Boehner asking for "a full and complete written explanation of the rationale for removing us from our current committee assignments, including any 'scorecards' presented to the Steering Committee to justify our removals."

“Two days ago I asked House GOP Leadership to explain why we were taken off key committees, but my questions have gone unanswered,” Huelskamp said in a statement. “Not only do I deserve answers, but the people of Kansas deserve to know as well. And, my colleagues who have been safe so far should know to how they can avoid retribution in the future. After all, the entire GOP conference was warned last week that leadership is watching their votes as well."

All three lawmakers were reportedly punished for bucking House leaders on important votes. Amash and Huelskamp were removed from the Budget Committee, while Schweikert was kicked off the Agriculture panel.

The removals have become a brewing controversy within the Republican ranks, with Tea Party groups and organizations like the Club for Growth rallying to their defense.

In the letter to Boehner, the lawmakers complained that some GOP members learned of their removal through news reports rather than from the Steering Committee, and complain that the Speaker had never indicated which specific votes could lead to their committee removal.

"Through this past term, we were not aware that any such scorecard existed, nor that the scores would cause us to be removed from committee assignments," they wrote. "We believe this would be valuable information for the entire Republican Conference to know, so that each Member can make a full and complete decision when casting votes in the future."

The lawmakers requested a response from Boehner by the close of business on Monday.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who was removed from the Financial Services committee, did not sign the letter.

All four of the lawmakers voted against the Budget Control Act last year that ultimately raised the debt ceiling, but set up the automatic triggers that may come if legislators are unable to reach a resolution to the "fiscal cliff."

The letter is seen as the opening salvo in what could become a nasty fight for the Speaker. Some Republicans are upset that Boehner has already signaled a willingness to compromise with President Obama on increased revenues, and American Majority, a Virginia-based conservative activist group, said this week they would lobby Republicans in the House not to vote for Boehner to retain his gavel.

On Friday, Amash said he would not commit to voting for Boehner as Speaker.

"We're going to see how the next few weeks go and whether he's willing to make amends," Amash told CNN's "Starting Point." "Right now I'm not very happy with the Speaker."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boehner; dirty; dirtyrottenscandral; gop; gopcivilwar; house; speaker
I wouldn't mind hearing it, too...
1 posted on 12/07/2012 5:19:09 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Maybe they were in on the take yet so there was nothing to blackmail them with.


2 posted on 12/07/2012 5:21:02 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Libloather

They never removed any leftists. Only a scandal got anyone removed before this.


3 posted on 12/07/2012 5:24:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: bgill

were = weren’t


4 posted on 12/07/2012 5:26:33 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Libloather

Boehner not only gave the finger to those congressmen, he gave it to their entire districts who are pleased with them, and to TEA.
He has to go. Tire of the tanned crybaby.


5 posted on 12/07/2012 5:29:39 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Libloather
The standard crowd of GOP-E apologists will be here shortly to defend their boy.

/johnny

6 posted on 12/07/2012 5:33:40 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Libloather

When the Republicans retook the House in 2010 and then elected Boehner Speaker I groaned because we all knew he is a career go-along, get-along hack. I had hoped he would be ousted by now. But finally there is now open talk about getting rid of this loser. That’s at least progress.

There needs to be a wholesale leadership change, however, as Cantor and McCarthy appear to be as weak as Boehner. We need someone like Schweiker, Huelskampt, Amash, Gohmert, or Jordan.


7 posted on 12/07/2012 5:37:05 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Libloather
It's long past time to FLUSH the entire Congress, just as you would your toilet -it's all the same waste!
8 posted on 12/07/2012 5:38:12 PM PST by leprechaun9
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To: Libloather

Libloather~: (from the article) “ All three lawmakers were reportedly punished for bucking House leaders on important votes.”

What House leadership ? I haven’t seen any !!
How do you end a tantrum : You spank him !
You can’t compromise or capitluate with a power tantrum,
or else, wait until you see what is fabricated next week (!)


9 posted on 12/07/2012 5:40:47 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt ("You never want a crisis to go to waste..."- Rahm Emanuel)
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To: Libloather
I'm curious too.

I wasn't overly impressed with the paid operatives of my local Republican Party. They were entirely too comfortable with evasions and outright lies.

I don't consider myself a member of the GOP.
I am a Republican.

Looks like the “big tent” is filled with RINOs now, and former Democrats are fully in controll of the former Republican Party.

Count me out.

10 posted on 12/07/2012 5:41:57 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: Libloather

Heard from an insider that Boehner’s people are telling people on the Hill that there are financial irregularaties behind the some of the removals. Specifically something that they aren’t going to make public. Just trust that it’s a good reason, not related to ideology and you’re only getting part of the story.

Not buying it, but that’s what’s being said.


11 posted on 12/07/2012 5:43:30 PM PST by ziravan (Are you better off now than you were $9.4 Trillion dollars ago?)
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To: DesertRhino
The Tea Party and Libertarian leaning Representatives do not seem to be cowering. I am awaiting Mr. Boehners reply.

Mr. Boehner may be losing his majority.
Pity that.
And what is Mr. Ryan saying?

12 posted on 12/07/2012 5:44:03 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

How do you end a tantrum : You spank him !
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Maybe “WE” should throw a tantrum.

If enough people flood the phones and emails DEMANDING answers and change - with the threat - NO, Promise - that WE will work for their opponent next election if they do not get in line - be it in the primary and if no one runs against them, cross the aisle. ANYTHING to get them out. Should only take one GOOD arse whipping to bring the next group of Senators to their senses also. As long as ‘we’ do nothing, they will continue to act like they are the pigeons and we are the statues..

The only thing over these slugs heads is FEAR and it should be time for them to learn who they are working for.

I am really impressed when the very people that just reelected these fools are complaining about them before they are even seated.

Did the people think Boner was going to change?


13 posted on 12/07/2012 5:51:28 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Libloather

Amerika...you are gone! Both partys want the same thing. Its just a matter of how fast they want to get there.. Totalitarian rule is the game plan. The only question is ,”Who is going to be the quarterback?” Obama is going for the ‘Bomb’ Boehner is grinding it out, yard by painful yard.


14 posted on 12/07/2012 5:58:26 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Libloather

How much do you want to bet that crybaby Boehner had a huge role to play in the Florida redistricting of Allen West?


15 posted on 12/07/2012 6:02:53 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: DesertRhino

Boehner, working overtime to fragment whatever coalition exists in the Republican House between Republicans and the Conservative Republicans and Tea Party Republicans. It’s past time to dump Boehner. I’ve contacted my Congressman twice about this, I’ll call again Monday. Maybe this time I’ll get a response.


16 posted on 12/07/2012 6:06:08 PM PST by duffee (Newt Gingrich for Speaker)
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To: Libloather

Maybe Obama ordered their removal?


17 posted on 12/07/2012 6:06:52 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: Libloather
The Tea Party is still a political "babe in the woods" in some respects. I talk to TP people here in PA. My first question is: What ward do you live in and who is your committeeman and committeewoman? I get that vacant look, like "what the hell are you talking about?"

Babes in the Woods.

Until the TPs learn that they must GO LOWER into the Pubbie trenches and root out the fossilized committee people, they will be shouting into the wind.

Before you can oust the likes of the No Nutz Putz, you have GOT to get rid of the polyester people AT THE BOTTOM of the pubbie food chain.

When you understand what I have just posted, you will be ready for 2014.

A contested race for committeeman/woman sends a lightning bolt up the GOP's @$$ like you have never seen.





John Boehner AKA "The No Nutz Putz"

18 posted on 12/07/2012 6:14:39 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Libloather

Blow the whole thing up and start from square one.

Any national political party that couldn’t pull it together enough to beat Barack Obama after four years of utter failure isn’t worth supporting.

The Republican “leadership” would rather eat the democrat’s scraps than lose their place at he pig trough.

And they don’t like upstart conservatives and new blood who won’t join the system.


19 posted on 12/07/2012 6:51:47 PM PST by Iron Munro (Big Moo & Bronco 'Bama = Robbing From The Hood and Boy Blunder)
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To: ziravan
Makes sense to me!...But by the same Token..

If u post that again....I'm gonna expose my research on your dubious business dealings....

(I work for the IRS...*G*...but pay no never mind)

20 posted on 12/07/2012 7:02:03 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: JRandomFreeper
The standard crowd of GOP-E apologists will be here shortly to defend their boy.

Just shut up and do what the Union RNC tells you to do!

21 posted on 12/07/2012 7:33:22 PM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: Libloather

The timing of this is ridiculous and suspect. It feels like Boehner will cave.

I can almost see it, a last minute deal and he will try to paint himself to be the savior, idiot media types like Hannity and Coulter will praise him, and 0 will be laughing his ass off in Hawaii.

Only a fool would fight on multiple fronts with no seeming line of retreat. There has to be something else here. It’s too obvious. The attempt to get the GOP in line is failing. It was meant to fail, but why try it in the first place?


22 posted on 12/07/2012 7:36:18 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (Only fake Christians vote or are Democrats.)
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To: Roccus
Ya see... that makes my red hair and Texas twang go into overdrive. I don't suppose the RNC is ever going to see another vote from me.

/johnny

23 posted on 12/07/2012 7:50:16 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ziravan

Financial irregularities, my ass. I know Schweikert. No way. So, not only does he want them gone, he wants to destroy them. Sounds like a Democrat to me. It’s almost time to storm Washington. I don’t know how much more we can take.


24 posted on 12/07/2012 8:46:18 PM PST by Hildy (hen the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: ziravan

Financial irregularities, my ass. I know Schweikert. No way. So, not only does he want them gone, he wants to destroy them. Sounds like a Democrat to me. It’s almost time to storm Washington. I don’t know how much more we can take.


25 posted on 12/07/2012 8:46:32 PM PST by Hildy (hen the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

I talk to TP people here in PA. My first question is: What ward do you live in and who is your committeeman and committeewoman? I get that vacant look, like “what the hell are you talking about?”
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You’d get a similar look from me. We don’t have those things here in Texas. .....Sounds like too much “local government control” at lower levels, to me.


26 posted on 12/07/2012 9:23:31 PM PST by octex
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To: leprechaun9

“It’s long past time to FLUSH the entire Congress, just as you would your toilet -it’s all the same waste!

Horse Crap! That’s throwing out the good freshmen that the Tea Party and the Conservatives just put there. Use some common sense! It’s time that those same “newcomers” band together and oust Boner, Cant’her, and “Charlie” McCarthy. After all, it was these people being elected that gave Boner the Speaker’s gavel. Now it’s time for them to take it away. It’s the same over in the Senate. We need to get rid of Mr. “no chin” McConnell.


27 posted on 12/07/2012 10:08:05 PM PST by vette6387
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To: ziravan

“Heard from an insider that Boehner’s people are telling people on the Hill that there are financial irregularaties behind the some of the removals”

Yeh thats the ticket!!


28 posted on 12/08/2012 9:11:36 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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