After being booted from House committees, Reps. Huelskamp, Amash blast GOP

http://twitter.com/#!/fran_chambers/status/276012347687055360

As Twitchy reported, Speaker John Boehner appears to be purging House committees of fiscal conservatives in advance of further fiscal cliff negotiations. Yesterday, Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Justin Amash were abruptly booted from the Budget Committee without the courtesy of a warning (Huelskamp was also kicked off the Agriculture Committee). The two men addressed the ouster at today’s Heritage Foundation Bloggers Briefing:

#bloggersbriefing: @repjustinamash and Rep. Tim Huelskamp instagr.am/p/S0ri0TukNO/

— Ericka Andersen (@ErickaAndersen) December 4, 2012

Congressman Huelskamp revealed that while he was essentially blindsided by the committee change:

Wow. Fiscal conservatives = threat to GOP leadership. :-/ RT @fran_chambers: Huelskamp says he was not notified of the committee changes.

— Corie Whalen (@CorieWhalen) December 4, 2012

He had suspected that it would only be a matter of time before he got the boot:

Huelskamp at Heritage: As it’s often been said, no good deed goes unpunished.

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 4, 2012

Huelskamp says the committee change incident confirmed his “deepest suspicions.”

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 4, 2012

Huelskamp: “Dissent will not be tolerated, particularly conservative dissent.”

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 4, 2012

Rep. Huelskamp at Heritage re: Budget. “It’s petty, it’s vindictive… if you articulate conservative principles, you will be punished.”

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 4, 2012

Huelskamp says he still doesn’t know who made the decision or who had a problem with him.

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 4, 2012

All he knows is that someone walked in with a list of votes and decisions were made based on a score.

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 4, 2012

Huelskamp says that “purging conservatives” is “not a recipe for regaining the majority in the Senate.”

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 4, 2012

And it’s certainly not a recipe for earning conservatives’ trust.

Huelskamp: “I’m afraid they’re going to quit. I’m afraid they’re going to say a pox on both your houses.”

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 4, 2012

“Too many people in this town think they learned all they needed to know 20 years ago.” – @conghuelskamp #BloggersBriefing

— Ericka Andersen (@ErickaAndersen) December 4, 2012

“We were told to vote conscience and districts…I’ve done that. Now it’s not about principles; it’s about blind obedience.” @conghuelskamp

— Mikayla Hall (@MikMarieHall) December 4, 2012

Rep. Amash echoed Huelskamp’s sentiments:

Amash says no one in leadership actually told him he was removed from Budget. “I had to read it in the newspapers.”

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) December 4, 2012

“I had to read that I was removed from Budget Committee from the newspaper. No one in leadership contacted me” – @repjustinamash.

— Julie Borowski (@JulieBorowski) December 4, 2012

Rep. Amash: I’ve gotten “not a single call from anyone in leadership, not a single email” since Budget purge

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 4, 2012

“It’s a slap in the face of young people thinking of being Republicans, to say that if you disagree with leadership, you’re punished” -Amash

— Julie Borowski (@JulieBorowski) December 4, 2012

Amash says he is not even sure if he has been removed from Budget so he just has to “assume” that’s true.

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 4, 2012

What a joke.

Grassroots conservatives are growing increasingly frustrated with the GOP leadership’s apparent disregard for conservative principles. The House purge is only further convincing them that Boehner and the GOP establishment are out of touch with their constituents:

Amash says callers are “outraged about what’s going on in Washington DC” RE the assumed purge.

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 4, 2012

Shorter @speakerboehner: The only thing voters gave us was the House. Purge the fiscal conservatives who let us gain control in 2010!

— Corie Whalen (@CorieWhalen) December 4, 2012

@kesgardner I may be the most angry at my party that I’ve ever been. They are functionally useless

— Amy(@CAAmyO) December 4, 2012

Boehner pulled conservatives Huelskamp, Amash from House Budget Committee. Schweikert and Jones from Hse Financial Services. That means war!

— Daxton Brown (@daxtonbrown) December 4, 2012

@speakerboehner why have you removed GOP fiscal conservatives Amash, Huelskamp and Schwielbert from committees? #WeThePeople are watching u

— Joy (@midlifechick) December 4, 2012

Activists marched on Boehner’s office today to voice their disgust with the purges.

If we’re smart, the future of the GOP.RT @erickaandersen: #bloggersbriefing: @repjustinamash and Rep. Tim Huelskamp bit.ly/R4T0AJ

— Kristina (@KristinaRibali) December 4, 2012

Lord knows that the GOP doesn’t have a future if conservative voices are silenced.

Wow. GOP leadership is really crapping on conservatives. Way to build a coalition Big Government Republicans.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) December 4, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/04/after-being-booted-from-house-committees-reps-huelskamp-amash-blast-gop/

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