Four conservative Republicans say they've been "purged" from key
committee assignments because of their principles.
The day after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced the
changes, a removed congressman lashed out against GOP
The Republican Steering Committee removed Walter Jones of North
Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona from the Financial
Services Committee; Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of
Kansas were removed from the House Budget Committee.
Rep. Huelskamp spoke out
about his removal during a weekly bloggers briefing at The Heritage
"It confirms in my mind the deepest suspicions of most Americans
about Washington, D.C.," he stated. "Is it's petty, it's
vindictive, and if you have any conservative principles, you will
As a freshman congressman backed by tea party supporters,
Boehner and other GOP leaders assured Huelskamp he could vote his
principles and the views of his district. But this action against
him tells him otherwise.
"We've heard from multiple sources that someone walked in with a
list of votes and said if you didn't reach your particular
scorecard of what was considered the right vote, which, by the
way, in most cases was not the conservative position, then
we're going to have to remove you from the committee," the
Kansas representative relays. "All that took place behind closed
doors, which is again a problem with Washington, D.C. Whether it's
the budget negotiations, whether it's everything else, it's usually
done behind closed doors."
Huelskamp was also booted from the House Agriculture Committee.
So for the first since at least the 1960s, agriculture-rich Kansas
will not be represented on that committee.