Conservative lawmakers serving as subcommittee chairmen are finding themselves on the receiving end of retribution from House leadership for defying party leaders.
Last week, 34 Republicans broke from their party in voting against a routine procedural rule that would have advanced Trade Promotion Authority. Since then, GOP leadership has come down hard on those members, removing some from the leadership team and threatening others with losing subcommittee chairmanships.
His show of force from leadership has angered conservative lawmakers and members of the House Freedom Caucus, who are speaking out against the “culture of punishment and fear” that’s emerged during John Boehner’s tenure as speaker.
“Conservatives are frustrated that they are being punished for voting their conscience after countless efforts to work openly with leadership were stonewalled,” a conservative staffer in the House told The Daily Signal.
Meet the 11 Republicans Punished by House GOP Leadership
Over the last few years, 11 Republicans have been punished by for bucking party leadership. Here’s who they are:
- Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, removed from Budget Committee
- Rep. Rod Blum of Iowa, denied a spot on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s fundraising initiative for vulnerable House members
- Rep.Trent Franks of Arizona, removed from the GOP whip team
- Rep.Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, removed from Budget and Agriculture Committees
- Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, removed from Financial Services Committee
- Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, removed from the GOP whip team
- Rep. Mark Meadows, lost his chairmanship of House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee
- Rep. Richard Nugent of Florida, removed from Rules Committee
- Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico, removed from the GOP whip team
- Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, removed from Financial Services Committee
- Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, removed from Rules Committee
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