Huelskamp Calls House Demotion Vindictive

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

First District Rep. Tim Huelskamp says he still has no answers for what he calls a vindictive and petty move by House leadership to remove him from key congressional committees.

The Republican Huelskamp said Wednesday that his only explanation is that he didn't vote with House Speaker John Boehner on key votes over the past two years.

Huelskamp and Justin Amash of Michigan will lose their seats on the House Budget Committee chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan next year. And Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona are losing their seats on the House Financial Services Committee.

The move is underscoring a divide in the Republican Party between tea party-supported conservatives and House GOP leadership.

Huelskamp will also lose his seat on the House Agriculture Committee.

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