Less than 24 hours after his re-election for a third term as Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-Ohio) has started to punish Republican members who did not support him by stripping them of key committee memberships.
Daniel Webster, Rich Nugent off House Rules Committee After Opposing Boehner http://t.co/Ko0kEheC4i
— Thomas Halsey (@thalsey51) January 7, 2015
Politico points out that Florida GOP Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent were removed from the prestigious House Rules Committee not long after the roll call vote. Webster received 12 votes for speaker while Nugent supported his effort. Politico explains why the two were removed from their posts.
“Webster ran against Boehner for speaker, distributing fliers outlining his candidacy and talking about how he would better adhere to the House rules than the Ohio Republican. Nugent supported his fellow Floridian in the quixotic endeavor, which garnered the support of 12 lawmakers.
“Webster didn’t even give Boehner a heads-up that he was running, although leadership was aware early Tuesday morning that it could happen.
- Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
- Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) voted present
- Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) voted for Webster
- Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) voted for Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
- Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) voted for Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
- Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) voted for Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
- Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R-Tenn.) voted for Jordan
- Rep. Jeff Duncan voted for Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
- Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) voted for Webster
- Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) voted for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) voted for himself
- Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) voted for Webster
- Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) voted for Webster
- Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) voted for Webster
- Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) voted for Webster
- Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) voted for Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)
- Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) voted for Webster
- Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) voted for Webster
- Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) voted for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
- Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) voted for Webster
- Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) voted for Webster
- Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) voted for Webster
- Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) voted for Gohmert
- Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) voted for himself
- Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) voted for himself
The removal of Webster and Nugent from the House Rules Committee could only be the beginning. Huelskamp, who was removed from his spots on the Budget and Agriculture Committees two years ago, is feeling the heat from GOP leadership once again, he tells Politico.
“I am already hearing from my colleagues, and myself, about retaliation against those who voted their conscience, their constituents, their principles, to change the status quo.”
Huelskamp added, “My colleagues fully expect that. That’s what they expect out of this leadership team.” King, who also voted against Boehner, echoed Huelskamp’s sentiments. “If you cannot vote your conscience…then it’s clearly a dysfunctional system here,” he said.
h/t: BizPac Review
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