He was dropped from the House Budget Committee today by U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner. And local media is prepping to tarnish Huelskamp as a crazy zealot who isn't a team player.
Huelskamp should wear that like a badge of honor. The very last thing the U.S. Congress needs is more "team players."
That is code language for the unprincipled.
I don't know Huelskamp, but I have a great respect for him. Because he isn't afraid to speak the truth -- even at tremendous personal cost -- we should be prepared to stand behind him. Here's what Newsmax had to say about Huelskamp's unceremonious dumping.
Here's what the Congressman had to say:
"It is little wonder why Congress has a 16 percent approval rating: Americans send principled representatives to change Washington and get punished in return," Congressman Huelskamp said. "The GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions. This is clearly a vindictive move, and a sure sign that the GOP Establishment cannot handle disagreement."
"I am not at all ashamed of any of the principled, conservative stances I took in the past two years, including:
- "Efforts to hold Republicans to the "Pledge to America" – a promise Washington Republican leadership made before I was even elected – to cut $100 billion in 2011 and to restore transparency and openness in the legislative process;
- "Voting against and publicly criticizing the 2011 debt limit increase that lacked substantial limits on Washington's spending and borrowing powers – a bill that failed to avert the nation's credit rating downgrade - and led to the current "fiscal cliff;"
- "Attempting to curb the explosion in food stamp spending and other entitlements;
- "Ending handouts to big business;
- "Refusing to withdraw key pro-marriage and pro-life amendments when requested by members of the GOP leadership; and
- "Just recently issuing a public challenge to all 238 GOP colleagues, including every member of Leadership, to reaffirm their pledges to oppose tax increases."