Booted from plum committee seats, three GOP reps want answers
Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 8:10:00 PM
Three Republican lawmakers who say they were removed from committee assignments without explanation fired off a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Friday demanding answers.
"After learning of our removal, it came to our attention that a scorecard was presented to the Steering Committee to make the case for our removal from those committees," the freshmen lawmakers wrote.
Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona had served on the Financial Services Committee. His colleagues Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas sat on the Budget Committee.
They say a scorecard of votes was used to determine whether they would return to their committee posts in the next legislative session.
"After learning of our removal, it came to our attention that a scorecard was presented to the Steering Committee to make the case for our removal from those committees," their letter read. "On Wednesday morning, Mr. Huelskamp stood before the House Republican Conference and asked to see a copy of the scorecard used to remove us."
Some have suggested their reassignments were in response to the members' willingness to buck party leadership.
A request for comment from Boehner's office on Saturday was not immediately returned.