December 8th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Booted from plum committee seats, three GOP reps want answers

(CNN) - Three Republican lawmakers who say they were removed from committee assignments without explanation fired off a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Friday demanding answers.

"After learning of our removal, it came to our attention that a scorecard was presented to the Steering Committee to make the case for our removal from those committees," the freshmen lawmakers wrote.

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Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona had served on the Financial Services Committee. His colleagues Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas sat on the Budget Committee.

They say a scorecard of votes was used to determine whether they would return to their committee posts in the next legislative session.

"After learning of our removal, it came to our attention that a scorecard was presented to the Steering Committee to make the case for our removal from those committees," their letter read. "On Wednesday morning, Mr. Huelskamp stood before the House Republican Conference and asked to see a copy of the scorecard used to remove us."

Some have suggested their reassignments were in response to the members' willingness to buck party leadership.

A request for comment from Boehner's office on Saturday was not immediately returned.

Amash, Huelskamp and Schweikert also objected to the manner in which they learned of the news.

"I learned through news reports. So I started to hear the word on Monday and didn't hear anything from leadership Monday, Tuesday," Amash said Friday on CNN's "Starting Point," adding that on Wednesday he began to ask for answers.

Asked if he had been "trying to embarrass" the House Republican leadership during the past legislative session, Amash insisted "that's totally ridiculous."

"There are people like me in Congress who are out there representing the vast majority of Americans who want us to balance our budget. It's not a matter of who is willing to work with Democrats or Republicans," he said. "It's about whether people are serious about getting things done to balance our budget."

Amash wouldn't say whether he would support Boehner's re-election as House speaker.

"Well right now I'm not very happy with the speaker. So let's see what happens over the next several weeks," he said.

The three members requested that Boehner provide an explanation for their removal by Monday.

Huelskamp won the seat of a retiring Republican in 2010 and was previously in headlines in the final days of December 2011 when he considered objecting to a last-minute deal to extend the payroll tax cut. At the time, he described it as the Republican House having "caved yet again to the president and Senate Democrats."

He and many lawmakers had already returned home for the holidays, and the measure passed the House by unanimous consent. "Problem was, by the time we were notified that the unanimous consent agreement would be offered, where I come from in Kansas, I can't get to Washington quick enough on this short notice," he said on CNN.

Amash also won the seat of a retiring Republican in 2010, while Schweikert defeated an incumbent Democrat to win his seat.


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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. tfbuckfutter

    John Boehner is an evil evil man.

    December 8, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Jeffro211

    Hopefully most of the tea party will be shown the door in 2014. The Koch brothers will eventually destroy what is left of the middle class if their agenda continues.

    December 8, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. scottf

    The reason you were booted is because you have shown an ideological belief is more important than working for the common good. You are part of the problem not the solution.

    December 8, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    Don't ya just hate to see all this disent among

    December 8, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. RainCityLady

    Oh, boo hoo. It's politics, boys. And the times they are a changin'.

    December 8, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    Don't ya just hate to see all this disent among the republicans??

    December 8, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. slamboto

    careful boys or the boehner spin machine will start spitting out terms like socialist, communist, 47 percenters, blah blah blah.

    December 8, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. breez

    hilarious – are these guys not aware they are members of one of the most corrupt organizations in the world? if you dont toe the party line on every single top down order – then they enact revenge on you and destroy you. Welcome to the GOP boys!

    December 8, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. cahoosier

    It's called politics. They don't call them "whips" for nothing.

    December 8, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Dave in Indy

    ... hmmph. The notion that there may be consequences to a politician's actions shouldn't be a surprise.

    December 8, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Why are they surprised? As members of the Repugnant Party of America, don't they understand that they are members of a fascist organization that does not allow deviation from the politics of oppression, but only deviation from humanity?

    December 8, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Romney is lying

    Do we really need the GOP? Bunch of back stabbers and cheats.

    December 8, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Dennis

    And the Dark King moved to consolidate his power in the court..

    December 8, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. rsbeasley

    "Does not play well with others." was probably number one on the scorecard.

    December 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Dnick47

    Well Repubs what is your spin on this. At face it appearsz that the GOP cannot tolerate dissent of any kind... "My way of the highway," must be the motto of the "freedom loving" GOP and its minions – as one old Purtain is reported to have said, "Yes you have freedom! Freedom to stay out of Massachutes." Or maybe Arnold relayed some stories his daddy told him how the SS dealt with non-compliance. As for me, "hank you Lord for defeating the Republicans and preserving our freedoms."

    December 8, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Faulke Yue

    down with the Republican Party....full of corporate greed leeches..

    December 8, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. My Input

    Welcome to the real world. In any organization, personnel who don't go along with senior management get reassigned or booted. Organizations would be in chaos otherwise.

    December 8, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. smithdp

    They will tolerate no dissent. Reminds me of the conservative Tory party that blindly supported Neville Chamberlain and his passive approach with Hitler. Until a few brave Tories bucked their parties leadership and helped the liberal party toss Chamberlain out and get Churchill in and stand up to Hitler. Except now the one that needs to be tossed out is Grover Norquist.

    December 8, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. fryuujin

    I want answers also, like does anyone in Washington even think about the rest of us ever?

    pretty sure were paying the bill but get no attention, concern or even the time of day unless we got a zillion $$ for lunch or job waiting for them after they finish doing nothing Washington. Nothing means taking my tax $ and redistributing into some bank account that really doesn't need it.

    December 8, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. conqui

    It is these numbskulls who are out of step with American values. We understand and agree with their ultimate goal, but object to their infantile "it must be that way because I want it now" obstructionism and what amount to temper tantrums. If they acted like adults willing to discuss and give & take to convince skeptics they have good intentions instead of self-oriented demands, they might get somewhere. As it is, they should have been booted out of any positions of authority long ago.

    December 8, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. James Bond

    Adopt right wing etremist insanity or loose financial backing, aka, get primaried in the next election, this should tell all who watch, who the republicans are working for

    December 8, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Martin

    More corruption in the GOP.

    December 8, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Semper Cogitatus

    Isn't that pretty much how both sides have always done it?

    December 8, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Grant

    Sounds like a good plan to me.

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    December 8, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Geno Altimari

    Maybe it's time for Mr. Boehner to go.

    December 8, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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