More on the apparent purge of Republicans who show any signs of seriousness about budget cutting, noted here yesterday by Ed Krayewski. The Hill states what occurred to everyone: House leadership is “sending a clear message that they are demanding more unity from rank-and-file members.”
One of the guys who lost his seat on the House Budget Committee, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who is going into his second term, has spoken out on his axing, reported by the Detroit Free Press:
Speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, Amash said he still hasn’t received official word that he’d been removed from the House Budget Committee going forward.
“For a party that’s trying to expand its base and make sure it reaches out to young people and new groups, I think it’s pretty outrageous,” Amash said. He called it “a slap in the face” to the growing libertarian wing of the Republican Party, noting that he voted along with leadership 95% of the time during his first term.
Amash defeated Democrat Steve Pestka in the Nov. 6 election and begins his second term in Washington in January. But he won’t do so as a member of the Budget Committee, where he voted against budget proposals put forth by Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who was his party’s vice presidential nominee this year. Amash said the budgets didn’t go far enough.
“It’s not acceptable to have budgets that are unbalanced to the year 2040,” he said.