Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday removed “several of Congress’s most outspoken fiscal hawks from committees dealing with fiscal matters” because of their unwillingness to be “team players,” TheBlaze’s Mytheos Holt reports.
Among the “purged” are Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), who lost their seats on the House Budget Committee, and Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), who was removed from the Financial Services Committee.
Amazingly enough, Rep. Amash claims he was never directly informed of his removal from the House Budget Committee. He says he learned of his demotion through the media.
And you better believe he is unhappy with this. First, his Facebook response:
And here’s his Twitter response:
Still waiting for call from GOP leadership. Are they too embarrassed to explain they booted me for working to reduce debt?
— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) December 5, 2012
Needless to say, Rep. Amash is not alone in his frustration with GOP leadership. The Tea Party supergroup FreedomWorks on Wednesday challenged Speaker Boehner to reinstate the fiscally conservative congressmen.
“On behalf of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I strongly urge you to restore Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), and David Schweikert (R-AZ) to their respective committees,” the letter begins.
Many in the grassroots freedom movement are angered and disappointed by the news that the House Republican Steering Committee has purged three strong fiscal conservatives from their assignments on key committees. While no public explanation has been given for their removal, nor have they have been directly informed of it, there is strong evidence that they were removed solely because their votes were not in lockstep with leadership. It seems plain that the leadership hopes to enforce party discipline by punishing dissent. When did it become a crime to stand up for fiscal common sense and constitutionally limited government?
These legislators are popular with grassroots freedom activists because of their commitment to limited government principles. Rep. Amash, who has been removed from the Budget Committee, has a 100 percent FreedomWorks lifetime rating. Rep. Huelskamp, removed from the Budget Committee, has a 96 percent FreedomWorks lifetime rating. Rep. Schweikert, removed from the Financial Services Committee, has a 96 percent FreedomWorks lifetime rating. These principled legislators have stood with the Constitution even when it was unpopular to do so and have routinely voted against big spending bills. They should be praised, not punished.
If the Republican Party wants to become the majority governing party, it must stop alienating the millions of grassroots citizens upon whom it depends and whose principles it claims to share. House Republicans should not ostracize their own members for holding the Republican view that Washington should not spend money it does not have.
We applaud these three constitutional guardians for taking principled stands against bloated bills that would cripple our economy and add to our national debt. These men are voting the way that they promised their constituents they would—on principle. I strongly urge you to restore Congressmen Amash, Huelskamp, and Schweikert to their respective committees.
As of this writing, Speaker Boehner has not yet responded to inquiries regarding the removal of Reps. Amash, Huelskamp, and Schweikert.
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(H/T: BuzzFeed). This story has been updated.