Julie Borowski reports that Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a staunch fiscal conservative, was also removed from the House Budget Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Borowski also notes that the three House Republicans targeted by leadership all voted against Ryan’s budget, the “Path to Prosperity,” because it didn’t cut spending enough.
This is outrageous. Unfortunately, it was also predictable. Boehner and company are doing their best, as Horowitz notes, to try to make conservatives irrelevent. We saw it in the recent elections for two important leadership spots — chair of the House Republican Conference and chair of the Republican Study Committee. Boehner’s pick won in both races as more establishment-friendly Republicans House members were elected.
What Boehner is doing is the latest example of the establishment selling out fiscally conservative principles for the sake of political expediency. They think the Freedom Movement’s voice doesn’t matter, despite riding our efforts to victory in 2010. Republicans trying to act like Democrats, through strongarming or punishing principled fiscal conservatives and making deals with the White House, will backfire. Mark my words.