Boehner Removes Tea Party Reps From Leadership Positions

2ai1r3pThe 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.

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10 Responses to Boehner Removes Tea Party Reps From Leadership Positions

  1. Jarret R. says:

    “Socialtst” is spelled incorrectly in that guy’s sign.

  2. I think there will be enough Dems to make up for the Tea Party vote. This news it’s a definitely encouraging.

  3. The chess pieces are moving! Too bad this likely won’t help with the fiscal cliff negotiations.

    • Yep, the adults (Obama and Boehner) are starting to take charge. Reuters thought it may help with the negotiations. I hope so.

      • Oh, sorry, I completely skipped that paragraph! Honestly I think Boehner has too many Tea Partiers to handle. I believe about 60 members of our caucus won’t take any kind of deal – but perhaps Boehner could pull Democrats on board to take their place?

      • This is a fascinating chess match to observe. Its like the highest stakes poker match imaginable. I don’t envy Boehner one bit. He should get a medal if he can manage all the moving pieces.

      • I agree. In my opinion Boehner has been less skilled than his Democratic counterparts, but there are other circumstances (a divided and militant party) harming his situation. Will this time be any different? He’s older and wiser from the last debt negotiations for sure, but so is the competition.

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