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  • opinionsarelike33 opinionsarelike33 Dec 5, 2012 9:17 AM Flag

    GOP cleaning house on the Tea partiers and norris

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner's decision to take plum committee assignments away from four conservative Republican lawmakers after they bucked party leaders on key votes isn't going over well with advocacy groups that viewed them as role models.

    Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan will lose their seats on the House Budget Committee chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan next year. And Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona are losing their seats on the House Financial Services Committee.

    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.

    Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, would only say Tuesday that the party's steering committee chaired by the speaker made the decision "based on a range of factors."

    Groups aligned with the tea party movement were generally big supporters of Huelskamp, Amash and Schweikert. Jones is viewed more as a conservative maverick than a tea party Republican. He has frequently siding against GOP leaders on a range of issues over the years. For example, he voted against the GOP budget because he opposed the changes proposed for Medicare.

    Schweikert said it was made clear to him "I should vote for the team more."

    "Look, we're walking into the 113th Congress with a smaller majority," Schweikert said. "I would have though the fixation would have been family unity. This isn't the way you start a family meeting."

    "The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions," Huelskamp said in a statement Tuesday. "This is clearly a vindictive move and a sure sign that the GOP establishment cannot handle disagreement."

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner's decision to take plum committee assignments away from four conservative Republican lawmakers after they bucked party leaders on key votes isn't going over well with advocacy groups that viewed them as role models.

    Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan will lose their seats on the House Budget Committee chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan next year. And Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona are losing their seats on the House Financial Services Committee.

    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.

    Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, would only say Tuesday that the party's steering committee chaired by the speaker made the decision "based on a range of factors."

    Groups aligned with the tea party movement were generally big supporters of Huelskamp, Amash and Schweikert. Jones is viewed more as a conservative maverick than a tea party Republican. He has frequently siding against GOP leaders on a range of issues over the years. For example, he voted against the GOP budget because he opposed the changes proposed for Medicare.

    Schweikert said it was made clear to him "I should vote for the team more."

    "Look, we're walking into the 113th Congress with a smaller majority," Schweikert said. "I would have though the fixation would have been family unity. This isn't the way you start a family meeting."

    "The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions," Huelskamp said in a statement Tuesday. "This is clearly a vindictive move and a sure sign that the GOP establishment cannot handle disagreement."
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner's decision to take plum committee assignments away from four conservative Republican lawmakers after they bucked party leaders on key votes isn't going over well with advocacy groups that viewed them as role models.

    Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan will lose their seats on the House Budget Committee chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan next year. And Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona are losing their seats on the House Financial Services Committee.

    [[[[[[[[[[[[[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.

    Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, would only say Tuesday that the party's steering committee chaired by the speaker made the decision "based on a range of factors."

    Groups aligned with the tea party movement were generally big supporters of Huelskamp, Amash and Schweikert. Jones is viewed more as a conservative maverick than a tea party Republican. He has frequently siding against GOP leaders on a range of issues over the years. For example, he voted against the GOP budget because he opposed the changes proposed for Medicare.

    Schweikert said it was made clear to him "I should vote for the team more."

    "Look, we're walking into the 113th Congress with a smaller majority," Schweikert said. "I would have though the fixation would have been family unity. This isn't the way you start a family meeting."

    "The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions," Huelskamp said in a statement Tuesday. "This is clearly a vindictive move and a sure sign that the GOP establishment cannot handle disagreement."

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    • Over 50% of Americans voted for another $38.5 billion cut in spending out of our $3.5 trillion budget. The fiscal cliff is coming whether they don't want to cut spending or not.

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      • Well to remember Obama won by inflaming the negative passions of the very Americans his policies punish the most with hardship. That the tiny amount of benefit full redistribution collectivism could offer does not come remotely close to the hardship his unenlightened policies impose.

        Food prices even higher than the inflationary spike which was a key factor in the housing collapse.

        Hanging Americans with oil prices by outlawing our domestic coal and doing nothing to allow us to fully benefit from our cheap, clean and job creating natural gas.

        Allowing his radical EPA to outlaw our coal and force the insanity of even more corn ethanol corruption while not allowing our natural gas to offset the horrendous economic impact is not amoral but immoral by any enlightened ethical or rational standard. As we see morals and rationality has nothing to do Progressives and their works.

        Any one trained in economics knows the only solution is economic growth driving more government revenue. It is the one which is impossible when Progressives destroys goods demand by forcing our living standards to fall. Only to serve their humanity hating earth goddess.

    • Not sure about the others but, Schweikert is not very smart and the GOP leadership realized it ( he is controlled by a committee of 3-4 in Az.) and he is a crook, just look at his record at the local level in Az. He simply can't be trusted.

 
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