Kansas agriculture still being punished for Huelskamp’s defiance

farmRep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, recently asked about rejoining the House Agriculture Committee but was told by a member of his chamber’s GOP leadership “that until I voted the way they wanted me to vote, they were not going to put me back on the Ag Committee,” Huelskamp told the Wall Street Journal. In response, the spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told the Journal that “the speaker, and the entire leadership team, urged all House Republicans to support the (budget) agreement, which lowered the deficit without raising taxes.” Huelskamp, who has called that deal “more of the same,” was among four Republicans stripped of committee assignments last year for failing to be team players. Huelskamp’s unproductive defiance means Kansas has no representation on the House Agriculture Committee for the first time in more than a century.