Also relieved of their plum Budget and Banking committee assignments were Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Dave Schweitkert (R-Ariz.).
Huelskamp, Amash, and Schweitkert all voted against the debt ceiling deal and the 2012 “Path to Prosperity” budget plan from Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Huelskamp charged afterward that GOPs were scored on their votes and “punished” if they didn’t pass the test.
In response, it was reported that Huelskamp and 11 others decided they “wanted to send a message that we wanted stronger leadership.” Huelskamp nominated Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to replace Boehner as speaker. That effort failed, but Huelskamp said he believes it had an impact. At a House Republican retreat earlier this year, he said, the caucus identified “key principles, key landmarks and key goals.”
One goal was to “simply let the sequester take place,” a move that cut a trillion dollars out of the federal budget over the next nine years.
On another issue, Huelskamp reacted negatively to the news that Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced his support for same-sex marriage after explaining that one of his sons informed the family that he is gay. Huelskamp, who has actively opposed the effort to permit same-sex marriage, said he didn’t approve.
“I support traditional marriage,” he said, adding that society has to “make sure every child has a mom and a dad.”
“We have to do a better job standing up for those principles,” he said.