Huelskamp Removed From Key Committees

Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, has been removed from key committee assignments by Speaker of the House John Boehner.

According to The New York Times, Huelskamp no longer will sit on the House Budget Committee or the Agriculture Committee.

Along with Huelskamp, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan was moved off the budget committee, reportedly because of an “obstinate” voting pattern – including votes against former vice presidential candidate and budget committee chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan.

“The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions. This is clearly a vindictive move, and a sure sign that the GOP Establishment cannot handle disagreement,” Huelskamp said on his Web site.

Huelskamp’s removal from the House Agriculture Committee means that for the first time in recent history – dating back at least to Keith Sebelius in the 1960s – Kansas’ First Congressional District won’t have a representative on the House Agricultural Committee.