You may recall some of these Congressional House members: Walter Jones of North Carolina, Justin Amash of Michigan, David Schweikert of Arizona and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.
Some are House members that were endorsed by Ron Paul in the recent election, others were in general agreement with him. They all have one thing in common, now, the GOP Steering Committee has via the Congressional equivalent of a Richard Nixon Saturday Night Massacre removed them from key Congressional committees.
Roll Call has the details:
Speaker John A. Boehner initiated today a small purge of rebellious Republicans — mostly conservatives — from prominent committees; it’s the latest instance of the Ohio Republican’s clamping down on his fractious conference.
The decisions were made by the GOP Steering Committee at a Monday meeting, which reviewed a spreadsheet listing each GOP lawmaker and how often he or she had voted with leadership, three sources said.
Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina were booted from the Financial Services Committee. Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas were removed from the Budget Committee.
According to a source, Schweikert was told that he was ousted in part because his “votes were not in lockstep with leadership.”
Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, said, “The Steering Committee makes decisions based on a range of factors.”...
The shuffling is the latest sign that Boehner is flexing his muscle with the right flank of his conference as he seeks a united front during tense fiscal cliff negotiations with President Barack Obama.
A GOP strategist said, “This is a move that the whip team has been advocating for some time. They are using all of the tools at their disposal.”