Boehner: Breaking Ranks is Costly, Says One of the Already Punished

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, listens to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, during a news conference on the Capitol on Dec. 5, 2012.

 Written with James Rowley

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, one of the four Republicans shunned from prime House committees for opposing their leaders, says Speaker John Boehner warned his rank-and-file members that more lawmakers could be punished for not being team players.

In the weekly Republican conference meeting, the speaker said “there might be more punishment coming for others as well,” Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican who was removed from the Budget Committee, said in an interview.

“We’re watching the votes of others as well,” Huelskamp said, recounting Boehner’s message today.

Huelskamp is one of four Republicans who opposed Boehner of Ohio on spending and budget issues. He and Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan were removed from the Budget Committee. The other two — Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona — were removed from the Financial Services panel.

All four lawmakers opposed the Budget Control Act last year that ended a legislative impasse between the Republican-run House and President Barack Obama that threatened a default on U.S. debt.


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