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Justin Amash responds on Facebook to his removal from the House Committee on the Budget

From Justin Amash's Facebook:

Rumor has it that I’ve been removed from the House Committee on the Budget. Remarkably, I still have not received a single call, e-mail, or text from Republican leadership confirming this story. In fact, I wouldn’t even have learned about it if not for the news reports. I look forward to hearing from my party’s leadership about why my principled, conservative voting record offends them. That’s sure to be a lively and entertaining conversation.

In the meantime, I can only speculate as to what specifically would make Republican leadership punish several of its party’s most principled members. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who was kicked off of both Budget and the Committee on Agriculture, voted with me against the 2013 House budget resolution because it does not sufficiently address the federal government’s debt crisis. That was one of only three times during this Congress that I voted against the Chairman’s recommendations in committee. In fact, I voted with the Republican Chairman more than 95% of the time, and I have voted with my party’s leadership more than three-quarters of the time on the House floor.

What message does leadership’s heavy-handedness send? It says that independent thinking won’t be tolerated, not even 5% of the time. It says that voting your conscience won’t be respected. It says that fulfilling your commitment to your constituents to work with both Republicans and Democrats to reduce our debt takes a back seat to the desires of corporate special interests. And, most troubling for our party, it says to the growing number of young believers in liberty that their views are not welcome here.

I’ll miss working with my colleagues on Budget. I don’t relish this situation, but if one thing is clear based on the response from the grassroots, it’s that leadership’s actions will backfire. If they think kicking me off of a committee will lead me to abandon my principles or stifle my bipartisan work toward a balanced budget, I have a message for them: You’re dead wrong.

http://amash.house.gov/

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I suspect...

that the congressmen who were stripped of their committee posts were stripped because of their ties to Ron Paul.

Minnesota Mary

fishy

sure seems that way don't it

jones gives that rpaul speech and boom the hammer drops

Reading Justin Amash's posts

Reading Justin Amash's posts makes me sicker and sicker at my Rep... Jim Cooper.

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA

Great response

Respect

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Please reverse the load, Justin

and explain to us all what went down.

I am sickened by Walter Jones being removed.

What's going on??????

"I have a message for them: You’re dead wrong."

Justin, we are on the same page :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

bump!

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"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

Nice Amash! Wonder how Mark

Nice Amash!

Wonder how Mark Levin found out so quickly... hmmmm...

Your wonderment, or thinking,

Your wonderment, or thinking, is rooted in observation. Keen of you.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.