The reduction of the Tea Party’s political power continues. The Huffington Post reports:
On Monday, the Republican Steering Committee, which is chaired by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), voted to remove Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) from the House Budget Commtitee. Reps. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) lost their positions on the Financial Services Committee.
The four members are known for occasionally bucking leadership and voting against Boehner’s wishes. Amash, Huelskamp and Schweikert are popular with the conservative movement, while Jones has made a name for himself by speaking out against U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
Huelskamp and Amash were also the only GOP votes against Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget plan this year, arguing that it didn’t cut spending enough. The Steering Committee recently recommended that Ryan stay on as Budget Committee chairman.
As an advocate for responsible and moderate governance, I can only interpret this as good news. This should make the upcoming Fiscal Cliff deal easier to get past the House. Reuters has noted this as well. As expected, the Tea Party histrionics have begun.
You can tell a lot about someone by who their enemies are. John Boehner is making all the right kind of enemies, in my opinion.