Amash speculates removal from House Budget Committee part of "Republican agenda"
Patrick Center December 6, 2012 | WGVU
When I asked Congressman Justin Amash if he likes House Speaker John Boenher, he laughed telling me Boehner’s the kind of guy he would have liked to have had a beer with sometime. Perhaps, that sometime was in the past, before Amash learned - through the media naming four members including Amash - that his boss had removed him from the House Budget Committee.
“The speaker also left us with a threat saying to the entire conference there’s more to come.”
Nothing formal, no criteria, Amash can only speculate why?
“One of the things that unifies the four members who have been removed is that we were all calling for more work with democrats on reducing wasteful Pentagon spending.”
Four members trying to reach compromise and common ground to balance the budget, Amash warns not to believe the idea driven by party leadership and portrayed in the media that it is House Tea Party members in the way.
“So I think it’s too easy for people to characterize it as Tea Party versus this moderate establishment but that’s not what’s really going on at all.”
Amash, the independent thinker, is keenly aware of what’s going on. He calls it the “Republican agenda.”
“The agenda I think a lot of people in leadership have is to stay in power as long as they can. It’s not an agenda about what’s best for our country, it’s a political agenda. Once you get into one of those roles whether you’re speaker or some other member of leadership it’s to easy to say, ‘Hey, let’s forget about what’s best for our country, let’s starting thinking about what’s best for me.”
Amash says he’s voted with Republican leadership 95 percent of the time. He believes someone’s holding a score card and there are some bogies within the five percent of his votes for not holding the party line. A Republican committed to country first, party second.
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