House Republican leaders removed Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, from the House budget and agriculture committees Monday as part of a series of moves seen as punishing various lawmakers for their failure to fall in line. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., also lost his seat on the key House Budget Committee. “Both members have a history of voting against party leaders on bills, both in committee and on the floor, and it seemed Speaker John A. Boehner and the committee chairmen had had enough,” the New York Times’ Caucus blog reported. Huelskamp responded with characteristic defiance, calling it a “vindictive move and a sure sign that the GOP establishment cannot handle disagreement.” Huelskamp’s statement concluded: “Kansans who sent me to Washington did so to change the way things are done – not to provide cover for establishment Republicans who only give lip service to conservative principles. If the rest of America is anything like the 700,000 Kansans I represent, then they know that the fiscal and cultural crises facing our nation require drastic changes to the way things are done in Washington – not just symbolic gestures or more of the same.”
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