This is out of control. Â He needs to be gone…yesterday.
After purging four conservative House members from key Committees, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) threatened Republican members of Congress on Wednesday by telling them Republican leaders are â€œwatchingâ€ their votes to determine future committee assignments.
Boehner’s remarks are a sign that the moderate House Republican leadership will be less tolerant of conservative dissent.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who was removed from the BudgetÂ Committee, said Boehner warned those in his conference that “there may be more folks that will be targeted” and the Republican leadership is “watching all of your votes.”
â€œIt was a message to the Republican Conference in general, especially the comment today that there may be more punishment coming if you donâ€™t vote the right way,â€ HuelskampÂ toldÂ The Hill.
Itâ€™s unclear what criteria Boehner and GOP leadership plan to use in the weeks and months ahead. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel wouldnâ€™t provide specifics on what criteria or votes on which the Speaker is â€œwatchingâ€ conservative Republicans. Instead, when asked, Steel provided Breitbart News with the exact quote another Boehner spokesman gave two nights ago for a response to a completely different question. â€œThe Steering Committee makes decisions based on a range of factors,â€ Steel said.
Huelskamp is one of the four conservatives purged from committee assignments from which he would be able to affect fiscal policy. He was pulled from the House Budget Committee and House Agriculture Committee. Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash was pulled from the Budget Committee too, and Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina were removed from the House Financial Services Committee.
Huelskamp also addressed the GOP caucus on Wednesday and said he received â€œwarm reception from some and silence from others.â€ He asked GOP leadership to publicly provide “that list of votes used in the Steering Committee to reward or punish members.