Daily Archives: Jan. 4, 2013

No surprise that Huelskamp opposed Boehner

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, was among the 12 House Republicans who either abstained or voted against re-electing Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as House speaker. Huelskamp, who was kicked off the House agriculture and budget committees by Boehner, voted for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. Huelskamp said his vote wasn’t about committee assignments but about “a real concern that for two years we’ve had a lack of leadership based on conservative principles. It’s a vote of no confidence.” After he was re-elected, Boehner cautioned that “if you have come here to see your name in lights or to pass off political victory as accomplishment, you have come to the wrong place.” Was Huelskamp listening? Or was he busy on his iPad? Politico published a picture of Huelskamp working on an iPad during the House vote. The document on the screen, which reporters could see, was titled, “You would be fired if this goes out,” and listed lawmakers Huelskamp hoped would vote against Boehner (most of whom did not).

Fiscal-cliff deal has its share of weirdness, favors

As with most legislation, the fiscal-cliff bill has provisions and special deals that have received little attention. Brad Plumer of the Washington Post ranked the “10 weirdest” parts of the bill, including: extending the so-called NASCAR loophole, which allows accelerated depreciation on racetracks; subsidizing coal mined on tribal lands; renewing special expensing rules for movies; and continuing a special excise tax on all rum produced in or imported to the United States.